Redacted! Lauren Myracle’s book, Shine, is no longer a contender for the National Book Awards, contrary to what our belated blog post reported this morning, in order to “preserve the integrity of the award and the judges’ work.”
Last week, the NBF reported that it would expand its Young Peoples’ Literature category to include six runners instead of five. But it has since asked Myracle to step down from the running, a request that Myracle has fulfilled with much grace. Her publisher says that, nonetheless, "We are so proud of Shine, a beautiful and important book."
To soothe her pain, the National Book Foundation has agreed to donate $5,000 to the Matthew Shepard Foundation, which works to protect gay youth and "replace hate with understanding, compassion and acceptance." That’s nice, but I bet a National Book Award would feel better.