Wednesday, October 19, 2011

National Book Awards 2011: Author asked to withdraw 'Shine' from finalist list


[Musing:  If you were asked to withdraw your novel after an awards organization made a mistake in naming it a finalist, would you say 'yes' or 'no'?]

National Book Awards 2011: Author asked to withdraw 'Shine' from finalist list -- The National Book Awards named the wrong book during their announcement of finalists last week. Instead of nominating the young adult novel, Chime, for the award as intended, the announcement was made that Shine by Lauren Myracle was a finalist in the Young People's category. Yesterday, the author was asked to withdraw her novel from the list of finalists, and she agreed.

According to Publishers Weekly, the mistake was made when the person taking down the finalist titles from the judges over the phone misheard Shine for Chime. The fact that the novels have different authors (the author of Chime is Franny Billingsley, which does not bear much resemblance to the name Lauren Myracle) has not been explained.  Keep reading.............

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