UPDATE: Oops: Wrong Nominee Announced for National Book Awards
According to tweets from Publishers Weekly, Lauren Myracle has withdrawn her NBA nomination at the National Book Foundation's request. She was asked to do so in order to "preserve the integrity of the award.” As consolation, the NBF has promised to donate $5000 to the Matthew Shepard Foundation.
Charitable mea culpa aside, is this a dick move on the part of the NBF?
via Huffington Post:
The finalists for the 60th annual National Books Awards have been announced--and while there's usually five nominees to a category, Young People's Literature has six.
That's because the National Book Foundation, which administers the awards, announced the wrong book during a live broadcast.
Shine by Lauren Myracle was named as one of the five nominees, a spot that was actually supposed to go to Chime by Franny Billingsley. Drama isn't confined to the Oscars, it seems.
Though, the National Book Foundation is leaving all six in the running for that category. Which is only fair. Can you imagine that phone call? "Hey, you were almost eligible for one of the most prestigious literary awards in the United States, second only to the Pulitzer. But not anymore! Here's an Amazon gift card."
This is the full list of the nominees (at least, we think it's the full list):
- Andrew Krivak, The Sojourn
- Téa Obreht, The Tiger's Wife
- Julie Otsuka, The Buddha in the Attic
- Edith Pearlman, Binocular Vision
- Jesmyn Ward, Salvage the Bones
- Deborah Baker, The Convert: A Tale of Exile and Extremism
- Mary Gabriel, Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution
- Stephen Greenblatt, The Swerve: How the World Became Modern
- Manning Marable, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention
- Lauren Redniss, Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout
- Nikky Finney, Head Off & Split
- Yusef Komunyakaa, The Chameleon Couch
- Carl Phillips, Double Shadow
- Adrienne Rich, Tonight No Poetry Will Serve: Poems 2007-2010
- Bruce Smith, Devotions
YOUNG PEOPLE'S LITERATURE
- Franny Billingsley, Chime
- Debby Dahl Edwardson, My Name Is Not Easy
- Thanhha Lai, Inside Out and Back Again
- Albert Marrin, Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy
- Lauren Myracle, Shine
- Gary D. Schmidt, Okay for Now
I have not read any of these books.
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