With the top being blown off poor sexual conduct worldwide as part of the #MeToo movement, we guess it was only a matter of time before it hit the book industry too. This week their agents have publicly dropped both James Dashner and Jay Asher after claims of sexual harassment.
A series of allegations were made online about both Dashner and Asher as part of the #MeToo movement, made worse possibly because both authors are children’s authors and as part of their work come into contact with many young adults. The accusations were made on the US site School Library Journal and were repeated by many accusers.
Dashner was named by several online complainants and is yet to comment on the accusations. However his agent Michael Bourret has commented that “Under the circumstances, I couldn’t in good conscience continue working with James, and I let him go,”.
Meanwhile, Asher who was named on the site has publicly denied any wrongdoing, but has also lost his literary representation. His literary agent Angela Brown said “we have counselled Jay to take a step back from the industry and he’s doing so. He is no longer working with the agency.”.
The claims have shaken the world of youth publishing, in an industry that possibly thought it was above the misconduct we’ve seen in the film industry recently. Many authors, inlcuing Vernonica Roth, Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler) and Melissa De Cruz have signed a pledge online to promise to be vigilant about any harassment in the industry.
Sadly the news isn’t a release date for Lethal White, and it is looking like that will be a while away yet as Rowling is still writing the novel. However, she did reveal that the next novel will definitely be adapted for screen. Here’s that tweet. Read More
Nightflyers is set in the same fictional “Thousand Worlds” universe as many of Martin’s other works, including Dying of the Light, Sandkings, and A Song for Lya, among others.
Nightflyers was adapted into a movie in the 1980s but more recently it was been decided it deserves a revamp so, in 2017, a pilot was developed by Syfy. Since George R. R. Martin is tied to an exclusive contract with HBO for Game of Thrones he will not be involved in the production or writing for Nightflyers.
In December 2017 Jodie Turner-Smith was announced as being cast as Melantha Jhirl, much to the pleasure of George R. R. Martin who expressed his enthusiasm for the casting in his journal. Martin explained how this recent casting more accurately represented that character in the novella than the film did, which had cast a white actor.
Netflix will co-produce the show and will be releasing it in 2018. Watch out for more information as we have it, meanwhile watch the trailer below!
Charlotte Westgate, a local resident, said she saw a man in his 20s adding “Gotham City” to a sign on Friday: “He was on his own, and didn’t seem worried that anyone might be looking at him, but no one driving past did anything to stop him.”
Although technically considered ‘vandalism’ and ‘a distraction to drivers’, book lovers everywhere are amused by the signs pointing them towards Narnia or the Emerald City.
A statement said: “We will investigate as soon as the weather improves. While on the surface amusing, it is vandalism and a potential distraction for drivers.”
To Kill a Mockingbird is an iconic text, exploring race relations in the Deep South. For years it’s been a pivotal text used by schools, but we heard little about the author. Deeply private, Harper Lee preferred to stay out of the limelight but since her death it seems her estate has been rarely out of the news.