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Sherman Alexie declines literary award

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has declined the Medal he received last month, the said.

was given the USD 5,000 award for nonfiction for his memoir "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me." He has since faced multiple allegations of sexual harassment and issued a statement acknowledging wrongdoing. and are among other writers who recently faced similar allegations.

The library association did not have immediate comment on whether the decision was solely by or whether he had been urged to turn the award down. Attempts to reach Alexie on Friday were not immediately successfully. His publisher, Hachette Book Group, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

When it announced Alexie's medal in February, the ALA praised him for writing "a courageous, enlightening, anguished, and funny memoir told in prose and poetry that pays tribute to his Spokane Indian mother and reveals many complex traumas and tragedies of reservation life, as well as his own struggles."

The prize, established in 2012, is awarded for and nonfiction. Colson Whitehead, and are among the previous winners. The library association told will be given this year. Jennifer Egan's "Manhattan Beach" was the winner.

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First Published: Sat, March 10 2018. 16:45 IST