Author Sherman Alexie
Published March 10, 2018
SEATTLE – Under intense fire by sexual harassment allegations, American Indian author Sherman Alexie has informed the American Library Association (ALA) he will not accept the Carnegie Medal and its $5,000 prize. Last month, Alexie was chosen to received the prestigous award for his nonfiction book, published last year, “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir.”
The sexual harrassment allegations surfaced recently online and a NPR story was published earlier this week with three women coming forward with on the record accounts of alleged inappropriate comments to unwanted sexual advances.
On Friday, the ALA released a statementy saying, “We acknowledge [Alexie’s] decision and will not award the Carnegie nonfiction medal in 2018.”
“The ALA believes that every person has the right to a safe environment free from sexual harassment,” the statement continues. The ALA further says it will support “members members, their colleagues, and their community members” in addressing sexual harassment issues by providing resources and referral services on its website.
After the allegations came to light, Alexie released a statement
admitting he “has harmed” others, after rumors and allegations began to circulate about sexual harassment. He also acknowledged “there are women telling the truth.” He further offered an apology to the people he hurt, without detailing how he may have hurt them.
But he also said he had “no recollection of physically or verbally threatening anybody or their careers.”