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Lauren Myracle

EXCERPT: Dave Eggers's Joke Confession

Posted 02.12.2013 | Books

Herman Mildew was a cantankerous, unpleasant book editor who built up enemies throughout publishing. He was gluttonous, odious, insufferable and entir...

The National Book Awards: A Judge's View

Will Weaver | Posted 01.18.2012 | Books
Will Weaver

The National Book Awards always stirs up serious book lovers: this author was undeserving, that author a charity case, another far too young. This year, from an unfortunate error in the announcement of the Youth Literature finalists, the NBF has already taken its fair share of abuse.

The National Book Awards Scandal And Me

Lauren Myracle | Posted 12.19.2011 | Books
Lauren Myracle

On October 10th, I received one of the most exciting calls an author can hope to get: my novel was a finalist for the National Book Awards! And then, two hours later, came a concerned email. My gut clenched.

Author Pressured To Withdraw From National Book Awards

Posted 12.17.2011 | Books

It's one embarrassment after another for this year's National Book Awards. First, they name the wrong book in the shortlist for the Young People'...

YA Author Apologizes To 'Wall Street Journal' Critic

npr.org | By Lauren Myracle | Posted 09.06.2011 | Books

Debates over what material is appropriate for teen readers have been raging ever since the young adult -- or "YA" -- genre first emerged....

YA Authors Tweet About 'Gimme A Call': What Would You Tell Your High School Self?

Sarah Mlynowski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Sarah Mlynowski

I wanted to do something unique to promote my new book. Something fun. Something free. I decided to ask fellow authors what they'd tell their younger selves and then tweet their responses.

Scholastic Has Problems With Gay Characters

Christian Science Monitor | Marjorie Kehe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Would a book with a pair of gay characters appear at Scholastic's book fairs? If not, there was angry talk of a boycott. And if so, well, there is als...