Daniel Handler's Offensive National Book Award Jokes Prove Industry Has A Long Way To Go

November 20, 2014 8:04 PM

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Daniel Handler, a popular children's book author and the host of the 2014 National Book Awards ceremony, has come in for sharp criticism after making several racially charged jokes during the presentation of the honors on Wednesday night.

His comments marred the presentation of the Young People's Literature Award to a celebrated black author, Jacqueline Woodson, for her book Brown Girl Dreaming. The book explores, through evocative free verse, Woodson's childhood in South Carolina and New York in the '60s and '70s. She grapples with ...

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