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Fri Aug 6, 2021, 09:55 PM

Romance fiction award withdrawn for novel about Wounded Knee cavalry officer

Source: Associated Press

Romance fiction award withdrawn for novel about war veteran

By HILLEL ITALIE
August 6, 2021

NEW YORK (AP) — The Romance Writers of America has withdrawn an award for a novel widely criticized for its sympathetic portrait of a cavalry officer who participated in the slaughter of Lakota Indians at the Battle of Wounded Knee.

On July 31, RWA judges gave Karen Witemeyer’s “At Love’s Command” the Vivian Award for best romance book “with religious or spiritual elements.” Witemeyer’s book centers on Matthew Hanger, a veteran from the 1890 massacre whose Christian faith helps him reconcile with the past.

News of the award for “At Love’s Command” was greeted on social media with anger and disbelief, especially after the RWA initially said that the spiritual category concerned characters who “find redemption for their moral failings and or crimes against humanity.” Author Delaney Williams, a Native American, tweeted that the RWA was honoring “stories in which the genocide of my ancestors are used as a plot convention to gain forgiveness, not from those killed, but from a foreign god.” A fellow Vivian winner, Sara Whitney, returned her prize in protest.

The RWA then announced that its board had gathered for an emergency meeting and decided to rescind the award.

“RWA is in full support of First Amendment rights,” according to a statement from the association. “However, as an organization that continually strives to improve our support of marginalized authors, we cannot in good conscience uphold the decision of the judges in voting to celebrate a book that depicts the inhumane treatment of indigenous people and romanticizes real world tragedies that still affect people to this day.”

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Read more: https://apnews.com/article/lifestyle-entertainment-arts-and-entertainment-veterans-fiction-41d801ac032b394ed96e387facbee763

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Fri Aug 6, 2021, 09:58 PM

1. RWA is a shitshow

A few years ago, in the same category, the winner was about a Jew in a concentration camp who converted to Christianity for her Nazi guard.

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Sat Aug 7, 2021, 03:38 AM

2. A blogger over at the Patheos site

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