Art Institute of Chicago is Setting for Dinner Gala and Audie Awards Presentations
The Audio Publishers Association (APA) has released the names of the 78 finalists for the Sixth Annual Audie Awards. This year, the Audie Awards, which honor excellence in audio publishing, will be presented in 26 categories. Finalists were selected by a panel of 140 judges representing all areas of the audiobook world. Judges were responsible for reviewing 622 audiobooks submitted for consideration, all of which had to have been released between November 1, 1999 and October 31, 2000.

The 2001 Audie Awards ceremony, at which the winners will be announced, is a black tie gala which will take place on Friday evening, June 1, at the Art Institute of Chicago at the end of the first day of BookExpo America (BEA). Among the guests will be APA members, authors, narrators, finalists, members of the media, and friends of the industry who will first attend a cocktail reception in the McKlinlock Court Garden and will then move on to dinner and the awards show in the Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room. During the evening, selected galleries and the Chagall windows will be open for viewing. At this elegant gala, the winners of the Audie Awards will be announced and honored before their peers. Among the numerous guest presenters will be some of last year's winners.

The Audie Awards are notable as the only completely juried awards covering audiobooks and spoken word entertainment. Judging is a two-tiered process. The first call for entries covered all titles issued between November 1, 1999 and July 31, 2000, while the second call included all titles issued from August 1, 2000 through October 31, 2000. A new category, Achievement and Innovation in Production, was added this year and the children's category has been separated into two-- Children's Titles For Ages 0-7 and Children's Titles For Ages 8+.

There will be one winner in each category except in the case of a tie when both finalists' titles will receive awards for that category. Also, for the third consecutive year, the APA Board of Directors will present two Special Achievement Awards to an individual or organization which has made outstanding contributions to building consumer awareness of audiobooks and to fostering the growth of the audiobook industry. In addition, an Audie Award will be given to the Best New Publisher.

For a complete list of this year's Audie Award finalists, visit the APA website.