Sexual harassment in children’s book publishing is now coming to light. This is an industry that is heavily female but with top executives largely male. Add in social mixers like conferences, book events, and networking as an essential part of the industry, and you have the perfect environment for sexual predators. I’m judging a picture book competition, and a best selling author has just been eliminated from the short list due to accusations of sexual predator behavior. His name hasn’t been outed yet so not sure what I should do. I’ll only say that I vigorously defended one of his picture books a few years ago. Though I still don’t think his book is racist, I regret standing up for him. @sljournal @anneelizabethursu #sexualharassment #sexualpredator
Jay Asher is also accused. #childrensbookpublishing
Articles: 1) Anne Ursu: https://t.co/SB27DHXApT, 2) School Library Journal (comments are now closed on that article) https://t.co/xgzduOcPq5, 3) Maze Runner author: http://ew.com/books/2018/02/16/james-dashner-dropped-by-random-house/?utm_campaign=entertainmentweekly&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social, 4) @cnn
list of all accused men including Giuseppe Castellano: https://www.cnn.com/2017/10/25/us/list-of-accused-after-weinstein-scandal-trnd/index.html 5) Kate Messner on Daniel Handler/Lemony Snicket http://www.gwendabond.com/bondgirl/2018/02/metoo-ustoo-change-starts-now-stand-harassment-kidlit-community.html#comment
-21983 #daviddiaz #giuseppecastellano #jamesdashner #timesup @jamesdashner @charlyne_yi @penguinrandomhouse @randomhouse #metoo #childrenspublishing @scbwi @linoliver22
In the comments, people to stay clear of: Matt de la Pena, Sherman Alexie, Stephan Pastis, Richard Paul Evans, publisher at Philomel, Tristina Wright, Chris Howard, Tim Wynne Jones, Jay Asher, Tessa Gratton, Ellen Hopkins, Maggie Steivfater, Tiffany Rosenthal Hofmann, Mo Willems, Tim Federle, Michael Neff, Stefane Marsan, Drew Daywalt, Mark Gottlieb, Steven Salpeter, Myke Cole, Peter Yarrow, E.B. Lewis, Lauren DeStefano, publisher at PYRG, Daniel Handler/Lemony Snicket.