The publisher of Greg Mortenson’s “Three Cups of Tea” has announced plans to investigate the book and its contents. The University of Louisville has said it will withhold any judgment regarding the author’s Grawemeyer Award until allegations are clarified.
In an interview with Outside Magazine over the weekend, the author admitted to ‘discrepancies’ in the best-selling book.
Mortenson claims his co-author, who he says wrote ‘most of the book’, took literary license in compressing some of the events. However, he maintains that there are no factual errors in his stories.
Grawemeyer Awards executive director Dr. Allan Dittmer says the university will continue to monitor these allegations and will make a decision regarding Mortenson’s award when the situation becomes clearer.
“We’ve never had a situation like this” says Dittmer, “so… we’re hoping that we’ll get information, enough to make a decision, and that’s where we are.”
Grawemeyer Award recipients are nominated for the honor and must confirm that they will accept the nomination, however the university had difficulty in communicating with Mortenson. Consequently, his award presentation was delayed until September.
60 Minutes reported allegations of fabrications in the story as well as possible “excess benefits” for Mortenson from his non-profit organization.