NEW YORK, May 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Yann Martel, author of The Life of Pi, has been selected as the recipient of Quality Paperback Book Club's annual New Voices Award and Richard Rodriguez, author of Brown, has been named the winner of QPB's annual New Visions Award. Each award is worth $5,000. The Life of Pi, published by Harvest Books, chronicles the magical, adventurous life of Pi Patel, who spends his youth in Pondicherry, India, whimsically and unabashedly trying on various religions the way one might try on different hats. Pi's life takes a dramatic turn when he finds himself floating in the Pacific Ocean, sharing a tiny raft with Richard Parker, an angry and hungry Bengal tiger. David Roth-Ey, Editor-in-Chief of Quality Paperback Book Club, said, "Yann Martel's inventiveness and virtuosic storytelling stunned the judging panel with this mesmerizing, multilayered tale." Brown, published by Penguin USA, is Richard Rodriguez's meditation on race and the historically over-simplified way that American culture conceptualizes it. Rodriguez, a contributing editor at Harper's magazine and frequent guest essayist on The News Hour with Jim Lehrer (PBS), assesses the new demographic profile of America and the dual impact of the Latinization of America and Americanization of Latinos. Roth-Ey said, "In a year when three of our finalists wrestled with race, no one fought the fight better than Richard Rodriguez." His self-described "meditation on race" is deeply personal yet universally relevant. The New Visions Award (est. 1990) and New Voices Award (est. 1984) honor, respectively, the most distinctive and most promising new works of non-fiction and fiction offered by the Quality Paperback Book Club. For a complete list of QPB's previous New Voices and New Visions winners, please visit the About Us section at www.bookspan.com. About Quality Paperback Book Club Established in 1974, Quality Paperback Book Club (www.qpb.com) is the cutting-edge paperback book club championing the best innovative fiction and nonfiction in early paperback editions. About BOOKSPAN BOOKSPAN is the premier direct marketer of general interest and specialty book clubs, including Book-of-the-Month Club and The Literary Guild(R). BOOKSPAN is a partnership between Bertelsmann Inc. and AOL Time Warner Inc.