Sexual Harassment Claims Hit the Literary World

By February 17, 2018Authors, News
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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.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle: The Adaptation Trailer is Here

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I wouldn’t say that Gothic fiction is exactly my thing, but I needed a novel of this genre for October’s Cwts Book Club. I trawled through my TBR pile and came across Shirley Jackson’s, We Have Always Lived in the Castle. I flew through the book, loving the mystery behind why the two girls, and their uncle are living away from the rest of the world, in their “castle”.

Imagine my delight when only a couple of days after I had finished We Have Always Lived in the Castle, I saw a trailer for the film version, which is released this month, starring Taissa Farmiga, Alexandra Daddario, and Sebastian Stan . Having watched the trailer, I can honestly say that it appears to follow the book, word for word. I now can’t wait to watch the rest and see Merricat and Constance’s story on the big screen! Read More

Lingerie company to remove ‘Sexy’ Handmaid’s Tale costume

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As Halloween draws near we start thinking of costumes… And how we can tie in our literary heroes to our costume design…

The Handmaid’s Tale has proven to be very popular in recent times, thanks in part to Hulu’s fantastic adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel. As has been proven time and time again- if something has entered pop culture then it is fair game for capitalism to sink its claws in.

And so we welcome The Sexy Handmaid Halloween Costume to the Inappropriately Sexy Costume Hall of Fame.

Complete with white cloak and red bonnet, this “Brave Red Maiden” costume was just a bit much for even the kookiest Halloween fans (especially for the steep price of $65) and after a resounding ‘NOPE, THANKS THOUGH’ from customers- lingerie store Yandy pulled the costume within a day of its release.

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The Man Booker Shortlist 2018 is here

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Earlier in the year we brought you the longlist for one of the most coveted prizes in literature, the Man Booker Prize. The longlist is know as the Man Booker Dozen but now that’s been whittled down to the prestigious shortlist, six novels among which is the Man Booker winner 2018.

We have that shortlist here so without further ado here are the books in the running for the 2018 Man Booker prize.

The 2018 winner will be announced on Tuesday 16th October, about a month from now in London’s Guildhall. The winning ceremony will be aired on the BBC and we’ll bring you news of that winner as soon as it breaks!

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Church Leaders Call for Ban on LGBT Books, During Banned Books Week

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Established by the American Library Association in 1982, Banned Books Week begins every year on the last week of September. The week celebrates books that have been censored or outright banned over the years and reminds us of the importance of information and freedom of speech, as well as showing us how books can be used tackle difficult or sensitive topics and themes.

To celebrate the week, a library in Rumford, Maine created a display featuring books that have, and continue to be, banned in various parts of the world. As you can imagine, books focusing on the topic of same-sex relationships are heavily censored, and thus the display featured several LGBT books such as Kabi Nagata’s My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness and David Lev’s Two Boys Kissing. Both books have been released to great acclaim from critics but also face heavy resistance, with Two Boys Kissing being the fifth most banned book of 2016. Read More

2018 National Book Awards Longlist: Nonfiction

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All this week we’ve been bringing you the longlists for the National Book Awards, courtesy of the New Yorker. We started with fiction, then young people’s literature before covering the translated literature longlist and yesterday poetry. Today it’s time for the final longlist, nonfiction.

There’s no denying it’s been a tumultuous couple of years in the world and lots of people, authors, and artists have shown concern for the future. Those concerns have certainly come through in published works as the nonfiction longlist shows.

And here it is, the ten books selection for the National Book Awards Longlist for Nonfiction.

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George R.R. Martin Thinks ‘Game of Thrones’ Could’ve Run for 13 Seasons

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Game of Thrones is set to air its eighth and final season in the Spring of next year, but the author of the books the show is based on, George R.R. Martin, believes the show could’ve run for as many as 13 seasons.

Whilst speaking with Variety at the Emmy Awards on Monday, Martin said: “We could’ve gone 11, 12, 13 seasons,” He added the decision to end the series was up to the showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Read More



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