Under Fire by Sexual Harrassment Allegations, Author Sherman Alexie Declines Literary Award

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.

But he also said he had “no recollection of physically or verbally threatening anybody or their careers.”


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