aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

Do an author’s personal beliefs matter? Should they matter to librarians?

I’m a big liberal. And I don’t want any librarians or teachers to hold that against me.

So maybe I shouldn’t wince when I read this about Orson Scott Card, “Card also writes opinion pieces—in both religious and mainstream publications—that include comments like this: “Laws against homosexual behavior should remain on the books, not to be indiscriminately enforced against anyone who happens to be caught violating them, but to be used when necessary to send a clear message that those who flagrantly violate society's regulation of sexual behavior cannot be permitted to remain as acceptable, equal citizens within that society.””

There’s been a brouhaha since he got this year’s Margaret A. Edwards Award from YALSA. Card wrote Ender’s Game and Ender’s Shadow.
Read more here.

What do you think? Should an author’s personal beliefs influence what awards he gets?

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