The Conde Nast Publications book was also nominated in public interest, for articles by Seymour M. Hersh; feature writing; profile writing; essays; columns and commentary; reviews and criticism; photojournalism; and fiction.
The closest competitors were Esquire, part of Hearst Magazines, and New York, which each received seven nominations including on in the general-excellence category.
Bonnier books nominated
Three titles were named finalists in four categories each: Vanity Fair and GQ, both part of the Conde Nast portfolio, and Field & Stream, which Time Inc. just sold to the Bonnier Group. (Another Bonnier acquisition from Time Inc., Salt Water Sportsman, was nominated for general excellence among magazines with circulation between 100,000 and 250,000.)
Last year's darling, The Virginia Quarterly Review, returned with nominations in both categories that it won last year: one for general excellence among titles with circulations below 100,000 and another for fiction.
Time magazine, which won a general-excellence award last year under former Editor in Chief Jim Kelly, was named a finalist in that category again for issues produced under new Editor in Chief Rick Stengel. It was also nominated in the reporting category, where it will go up against Esquire, Time Inc.'s Fortune, Wenner Media's Rolling Stone and IEEE Spectrum. (If you're not familiar with that last one, it's the main publication of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. C'mon, catch up.)
Celeb tabloids shut out
Celebrity weeklies were shut out of the nominations, unless you count Time Inc.'s People, which considers itself apart from Us Weekly and the rest. People.com, to be precise, was nominated for general excellence online, along with Beliefnet, BusinessWeek.com, ESPN.com and Slate.
The awards will feature two more digital categories this year, interactive service and interactive feature, and the old photo category will be split into photojournalism and photo portfolio.
Last year, for the 40th anniversary of the awards, ASME broke out of handing out the Ellies during a New York City luncheon at the Waldorf-Astoria in favor of an evening gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center. This year, ASME returns to the Time Warner Center on the evening of May 1 to announce this year's winners.
Last year's winners
The big winners in 2006 included Time, which won Ellies for best single issue as well as general excellence in its circulation category -- two nice going-away presents for the outgoing Mr. Kelly. Harper's won for general excellence in its circulation category and for reviews and criticism, which also made nice sendoffs for outgoing, longtime editor Lewis Lapham. And New York magazine won for general excellence in its category and in design.
For a comprehensive list of finalists including details like issue dates, nominated authors and articles, click here.