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Lauren Myracle Drops Out of National Book Awards

Young adult author Lauren Myracle has withdrawn from consideration for the 2011 National Book Awards. On Twitter, writers and readers have rallied to support Myracle at the #isupportshine hashtag.

The author (pictured, with young fans) was named during the National Book Award announcement last week. According to the AP, a communication problem put Myracle’s Shine on the finalist list instead of Franny Billingsley‘s Chime.

Here’s more from the AP: “Her decision, announced Monday by Amulet Books, follows a miscommunication last week between judges and the award’s sponsors … Myracle said in a statement that she was asked by the foundation to withdraw to ‘preserve the integrity’ of the awards process.”

The Huffington Post had a short statement from the National Book Foundation (NBF): “”We have no comment at this time. We only just saw it ourselves.”

Publishers Weekly had more on Twitter: “Myracle says ‘something positive’ to come of the NBF’s error: NBF to donate $5000 to Matthew Shepard Foundation.”

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