National Book Award, Part 2

When I first heard about the nominations for the National Book Award, I couldn’t wait for this week to get here so that I could blog about Debby’s book.  Debby is, after all, a friend and an excellent author.  Do check out her book (My Name Is Not Easy).  

But when I was writing the post, I went online to find the complete list of nominations.  There had been some buzz last week because when the nominations were announced, Franny Billingsly’s Chime was accidentally omitted with Lauren Myracle’s Shine in that spot.

Initially, the National Book Foundation took responsibility by simply adding Franny’s book to the list.  This led to an unprecedented 6 item list.

But when I looked up the list, it was only 5 items long.  What the heck?  A quick search revealed why.

Apparently, Friday the National Book Foundation asked Lauren to remove herself from the competition to preserve the integrity of the award process.

Seriously?  Being a class act, she stepped down.

This really bother’s me, although I don’t know Lauren.  Imagine finding out you’ve  been nominated and then, oops!, no you haven’t. It also bother’s me because I’d imagine that it might just sully the joy for the other authors.

So why not support all six authors when you are picking out books to read over the next several weeks?  That’s what I plan to do.

Those books on the official list:

Chime by Franny Billingsley (Dial Books)

My Name Is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson (Marshall Cavendish)

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai (Harper)

Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy by Albert Marrin
(Alfred A. Knopf)

Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt (Clarion Books)

And one that isn’t:

Shine by Lauren Myracle (Amulet)

We may not be able to change what happened, no one can at this point, but we can support all 6 authors inadvertently involved.