Two established publishing veterans teamed together to create All Seasons Press, a publishing company looking to encourage conservative voices who have otherwise had a difficult time finding a publisher in a post-Trump era.
Louise Burke, former president and publisher of Simon and Schuster’s Gallery Books Group, and Kate Harston, ex-editorial director of Hachette Books Group’s Center Street imprint, created the new publishing group to give a platform to conservatives (particularly, ex-officials of the Trump administration) who claim to have lost out on book deals because of America’s current political climate.
Burke told the Wall Street Journal that she is “increasingly concerned and somewhat outraged about what’s going on in terms of free speech and free press.” Some have argued that the Trump administration was playing the exact same game when silencing the press and the Democratic party multiple times throughout his presidency.
Harston, who continues on to say that All Seasons Press already has four books set for release in 2021, explains that their books “were acquired quietly through relationships we have” and that their company wants to “publish authors with great platforms where we can sell hundreds of thousands of books.” The authors of these upcoming releases include Mark Meadows, Peter Navarro, and James Golden. All Seasons hopes to publish ten additional titles in 2022.
The creation of All Seasons Press comes at a time when the discussion around the boundaries of the Frist Amendment (if there are any) is in full swing. For the past four years, liberals and Democrats alike agreed that the Trump administration was doing everything in its power to silence their opposition. Similarly, conservatives and Republicans are saying the same thing now that the political climate in America has swung in the opposite direction. Regarding this, some have argued that it isn’t necessarily conservative voices that are being shunned, but the specific Trump-era and associated voices whose words encouraged an insurrection of the US Capitol on January 6th of this year.
Such a statement begs the question: are publishers responsible for the real-world outcomes of the words and voices they publish, especially if those words are fact-checked to be lies? Is there (or should there be) a line in censorship? Let us know what you think.
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