Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy reupped her industry’s claims to defending a free and open “social discourse” in a letter shared by BuzzFeed this morning. The letter defended the choice to publish a book by notorious white-nationalist hatemonger Milo Yiannopoulos (though some self-described white nationalists have pointedly disavowed him). More than 160 of the publisher’s own children’s authors signed a letter earlier this month protesting the decision.
Meanwhile, it’s worth pointing out that book publishing’s diversity statistics remain truly abysmal. 88% of the sector’s employees are white, according to a 2016 survey by Publishers Weekly, down a single percentage point from the year before.
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