18 October, 2011

Kerfuffle - Giveaway

If you pay any attention to YA at all (hrm, why would you be here if you didn't?) you probably know by now that Lauren Myracle was nominated for a National Book Award by the NBF... Except, well, someone screwed up and somehow misheard CHIME as SHINE (and also misheard, possibly, "Franny Billingsley" as "Lauren Myracle"--I know, anyone could have made that mistake x_x).

This resulted in Lauren Myracle being told, sorry--we'll keep your nomination; we'll just have six nominees this year instead of the usual five. Nice, right?

Wrong. Apparently NBF doesn't have a "no backsies" clause... they subsequently de-nominated her "to preserve the integrity of the award." (link goes to PW)


Lauren Myracle proved the rumor to be true--you know, the one that says she's made of sunshine, ticklish kittens, peace, love, and baby ducks--by withdrawing from the fray. YA readers and writers are turning out in support for her and her book, which, by the way, you should read (unless you're squeamish--it's an uncomfortable topic, to say the least).

From goodreads:

When her best guy friend falls victim to a vicious hate crime, sixteen-year-old Cat sets out to discover who in her small town did it. Richly atmospheric, this daring mystery mines the secrets of a tightly knit Southern community and examines the strength of will it takes to go against everyone you know in the name of justice. 
Against a backdrop of poverty, clannishness, drugs, and intolerance, Myracle has crafted a harrowing coming-of-age tale couched in a deeply intelligent mystery. Smart, fearless, and compassionate, this is an unforgettable work from a beloved author.

Want to read Shine? Here's your chance to win a copy.

All entrants must be older than 13 years of age. US only... I will be buying a hardcover copy of Shine from an independent bookstore and mailing it to the winner, so unfortunately I'm not going to be able to afford international shipping in this case. If you enter but you already have a copy of Shine, I will donate the hardcover to a public library of your choice (again, domestic shipping only!).

For 1 mandatory entry, leave a link in the comment section to an article/blog post you have read re: the NBF/Shine kerfuffle, preferably with your thoughts on the topic. DO NOT leave your email address in the comment--it WILL be deleted!

For additional, optional entries you can...

tweet with the hashtag #isupportshine as in
"@nationalbook Announcing #NBA11 Young People's Finalists, did you mean "Psych! jk nm lol"? @LaurenMyracle #isupportshine" 
You can be less snarky than me ;) just make sure you tweet @nationalbook and use the correct hashtag. Express disappointment/displeasure but on no account be uncivil. I reserve the right to disqualify inappropriately worded entries.

follow @LaurenMyracle on Twitter

and/or add Shine to your Goodreads shelf.

Good luck, and Shine on!

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(Radiation Vibe performed by Hem)

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  1. I read this blog post by Libba Bray yesterday - I couldn't believe this story!! How awful!! http://libba-bray.livejournal.com/62266.html

    What an aweosme giveaway! Thanks so much for hosting this :)

  2. While saying this situation is unfortunate is an understatement, at the same time, this kerfuffle actually ended up helping Myracle at the end. Everyone is now buying her book and the NBF now looks like bumbling idiots.

  3. I've been following this story and still can't believe it happened. If they thought having six nominees hurt their credibility, I wonder what they think getting rid of a nom does. It makes them look incompetent and petty in my opinion.

    Thanks for offering a chance to win this book!

    Leslie @ Working for the Mandroid

  4. Way to go!! This was a big, embarrassing mess. I found out on Robin McKinley's blog who also referenced Libba Bray.


    I posted a link to the winners when there were six of 'em, including both Shine and Chime. Now the picture link is all squished to look natural with only five... which it TOTALLY DOESN'T. I cut and pasted the list, too, which they've since changed. Of course. BLEH!!

  5. I saw it here

    I completely think this situation could have been prevented. And those are things I detest. Avoidable situations. It's just so disappointing!

  6. Here's Lauren't HuffPo article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lauren-myracle/lauren-myracle-national-book-awards_b_1019972.html

    She is such a class act, this woman. I have always respected her tons, but this has made me love her so much more!

    I already have a copy of Shine, but I would love to win this one to add to my own classroom library. :-)

  7. http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/entertainment/132055483.html

    Maybe this big mistake actually helped the book get more attention therefore making it more successful and reaching more readers.

  8. I read about it on Publishers Weekly. I like how the author has handled the situation.

  9. I was so disappointed at her de-nom. I LOVE this book. It is the best YA book this year (IMHO). I'm not entering because I have my own signed copy, but I wanted to give you kudos for thus giveaway in support of Lauren. When I saw Shine had been nominated, I was so happy because I usually don't love the choices and I thought, "Finally! They got one right!". I was so bummed when it turned out to be a mistake. Lauren, of course, handled herself beautifully. She's awesome!


  10. I'm really shocked about this I totally feel for Lauren I read this article

  11. I read this article last week and I couldn't believe they'd made a mistake like that. On a positive note, Shine is now on my TBR list.


  12. I added Shine to my TBR list because of the article I read. You would think they would have checks and balances in place to avoid mistakes like this. Big hugs to Lauren. I read it at the NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/18/books/lauren-myracle-withdraws-shine-from-national-book-awards.html