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

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 Jim Crow, the effects of the Civil Rights movement and how each marked her youth, all in a series of gorgeous poems. After the presentation of the award, and Woodson’s heartfelt speech, Handler informed the audience that he’d found out that Woodson was allergic to watermelon.”Just let that sink in,” Handler went on.

 

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