Library prank sends Armstrong books to fiction section

SYDNEY Sun Jan 20, 2013 10:16pm EST

A spectator with the book of Astana rider Lance Armstrong of the U.S. in his arms awaits the start of the 13th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Vittel and Colmar, July 17, 2009. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

A spectator with the book of Astana rider Lance Armstrong of the U.S. in his arms awaits the start of the 13th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Vittel and Colmar, July 17, 2009.

Credit: Reuters/Bogdan Cristel

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A prank note in an Australian library declaring that disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong's books would be moved to the fiction section has gone viral on the Internet, with one commentator declaring: "Hell hath no fury like a librarian".

"All Non-Fiction Lance Armstrong Books, including 'Lance Armstrong - Images of a Champion', 'The Lance Armstrong Performance Program and 'Lance Armstrong: World's Greatest Champion,' will soon be moved to the fiction section," read the sign posted at Sydney's Manly Library on Saturday.

A photograph of the sign posted on the Internet quickly sparked heated debate over whether Armstrong's fight against cancer and motivation of people outweighed his drug cheating in a sport rife with doping.

"As a cyclist the guy's work was inspiring, his foundation do amazing work and his story was great. ... You feel embarrassed for recommending his book to people, you stare at the books on the shelf questioning if the lessons and the inspiration is honest and real," said one commentator.

Manly Library said the printed notice, which was placed in a plastic stand on a bookshelf in the library, was a prank and that an internal review was underway.

"Libraries can't arbitrarily reclassify categories of books, because that depends on the ISBN number that is issued by the National Library," a spokesman at Manly Council, which runs the library, said on Monday.

(Reporting by Pauline Askin; Editing by Elaine Lies and Michael Perry)

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Comments (4)
Bobo_9 wrote:
I think it makes perfect sense to reclassify his books as works of fiction. His life has been a fictional story, one built on a house of lies.

Jan 21, 2013 9:42am EST  --  Report as abuse
McBob08 wrote:
Armstrong got cancer from using dangerous, experimental steroids, so his cancer was entirely a product of his ego and greed. It doesn’t deserve any acclaim whatsoever.

Jan 22, 2013 3:47am EST  --  Report as abuse
Bowhntr001 wrote:
Everyone is a comedian !! This man (Lance Armstrong) did more for cycling than any man. He got caught, at something every professional (and college) athelete in this country does. He donated millions for cancer research. Did any of you even donate a $1 ?
Get off your high horses folks, it over and done with.
What a bunch of hypocrites !

Jan 22, 2013 2:47pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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