Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Integrity Costs A Lot
Ohoh! It seems that a mistake was made when the National Book Foundation announced Lauren Myracle's book Shine was a nominee in the Young People's category for the National Award. Rather, they meant to announce the nomination for Franny Billingsley's Chime.
Chime, a book about a teenage witch, was belatedly nominate on Monday while Myracle was asked to withdraw in an effort "to preserve the integrity of the award and the judges' work."
Well, happily, preserving that integrity will cost the Foundation more than the $1000 that Myracle could've won if she hadn't withdrawn. See, Shine deals with a gay-related hate crime, so at Myracle's behest, the Foundation is donating $5000 to the Matthew Shepherd Foundation.
Good job, NBF! Way to turn a awkward situation into a good one.