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October 17, 2011 / schulerbooks

#ISupportShine or How the NBF Screwed the Pooch

So last Wednesday, Lauren Myracle’s Shine, a powerful book about the bullying of a gay teen, was announced as one of the five finalists in the National Book Awards “Young Person’s” category. Shortly after, an announcement was made that the book Chime by Franny Billingsly was added to the shortlist, giving the shortlist 6 finalists for the first time ever.

Why? Because when the judges reported the finalists over the phone, someone MISHEARD “Shine by Lauren Myracle instead of Chime by Franny Billsingley.” (Seriously, that just sounds absurd. What do you want to bet they were tired and strung out on caffeine and just named the wrong damn book. I feel bad for the poor assistant who probably got scapegoated for all this. *sheer speculation of course*)

The real capper comes though, with the revelation that Lauren Myracle has withdrawn Shine from the shortlist after receiving pressure from the NBF. (Bullying the author of a book about bullying? DURING National Bullying Prevention Month? You can’t write this crap.)

As a result, the blogger- and twitter-sphere has arisen in technological protest with a bajillion rants. The best one I’ve seen so far is by kick-butt author Libba Bray, who also happens to be married to Lauren Myracle’s agent.

One good thing to come out of this, as reported by the Huffington Post: At Lauren’s suggestion, the NBF has confirmed  $5,000 donation to the Matthew Shepard Foundation.

What do you think about the mistake and how it’s been handled? Let us know, and you can tweet #ISupportShine to voice your opinions to the nation.




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  1. Emily Suess / Oct 18 2011 1:52 pm

    I couldn’t believe it either. I came here looking for information on Bray’s comments (which I found, thank you). Just wanted to comment in solidarity and say that I purchased Myracle’s book yesterday as a show of support.


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