Lauren Myracle, a best-selling author who saw her young adult novel Shine accidentally designated as a National Book Award finalist, has withdrawn the title for consideration from the National Book Foundation's annual competition. Myracle said on Monday that the foundation had requested that she withdraw Shine "to preserve the integrity of the award."
The mistake occurred on Oct. 12, when foundation officials announced Shine among the award finalists before a live audience as one of the five finalists in the young people's literature category. The foundation added a sixth book, Chime by Franny Billingsley, to the list later that day.
"We made a mistake," National Book Foundation executive editor Harold Augenbraum said. "There was a miscommunication."
In interviews, Augenbraum has declined to elaborate on what the miscommunication was or how it occurred. But, as the Los Angeles Times and others have noted, Shine sounds an awful lot like Chime.Read More »from Accidental National Book Award finalist withdraws from competition