Lauren Myracle talks about what happened with her being nominated, and then un-nominated, for the National Book Award, and how it made her feel–gutted, embarrassed, and ashamed. Which makes me want to hug her and let her know that we were all rooting for her. But an even better thing to do would be to go out and buy Lauren’s book Shine! (Lauren, if you read this: We are all indignant and outraged for you!)
What a roller coaster ride–and how hard it must have been! And yet Lauren was classy throughout, even getting the NBF to donate $5,000 to the Matthew Shepard Foundation (fighting homophobia and hate crimes, which ties into her book).