My op-ed piece on the Lammy fiasco ran yesterday. After asking the Advocate to spell my name correctly and noting that they had made one or two baffling edits, I'm still content with the message of the piece.
Of course... it took less than 24 hrs for trolls to purposefully try to twist my words and point. No, I am not advocating that the Lammys reward less deserving books. That entire bit of faulty interpretation comes from my complaint that the overseer of the entire Lammy Awards was also up for two awards himself--that is both gauche and unprofessional in my mind (and many others). Two just-as-deserving books could have been nominated if Labonte had been classy or the Board been responsible and denied allowing any Labone book a spot as a finalist.
And last night one of the judges who revealed to me the mismanagement last year called me up and told me he was willing to go public if I'm called a liar. It may come to that.