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Hachette Controversy Update

You may recall our article from last week on the controversy over Hachette’s choice to publish a memoir from accused sexual abuser Woody Allen.

As of our last article, protests were merely hypothetical, but the book community did take a stand, and Hachette employees in New York and Boston even walked out in protest, according to the BBC.

Hachette’s initial reaction to objections from Allan’s own son, renown investigative journalist Ronan Farrow (see our original article for more on Farrow and his objections, as well as further background), was tepid at best, and even now, they have been reported as saying (see the BBC again), that they don’t cancel deals with authors lightly. Then again, many other publishers rejected Allen’s memoir outright, and Amazon canceled a four movie deal with the infamous director after the reemergence of abuse allegations.

The walk out, combined with apparent meetings with employees, seem to have convinced Hachette to cancel the book this week.

The memoir was set to come out in April, though announcement seems to have been delayed, and Farrow alleges the deal was hidden from him by the publisher, and the delay in announcement certainly pushed off protests, deliberately or not.

 

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Investigative Journalist Calls Out Major Publisher Hachette

Renown Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and author of Catch and Kill, Ronan Farrow, has cut ties with that book’s publisher, Hachette (publisher behind imprints Grand Central, Little Brown, and many more), after the imprint’s controversial decision to publish a memoir written by his father, Woody Alan, who has many allegations against him for sexual assault of his adoptive daughters, both as adults and children. Read a concise breakdown of those allegations here. Farrow says in his announcement tweet (see below) that he is disappointed, especially in light of the fact that other major publishing houses have rejected the work, citing commercial risks in the age of #metoo.

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Farrow also states that Hachette has failed to fact check Allen’s book, which is corroborated by original accuser Dylan Farrow, who has also denounced Hachette, and says she has not been contacted about the book’s contents.

Hachette’s chief executive, Michael Pietsch, is quoted as saying “our job as a publisher is to help the author achieve what they have set out to do in the creation of their book,” while apparently failing to comment on the calls from Farrow for the memoir to be heavily fact checked.

It’s not just publishers, either. Many actors have refused to work on Allen’s films, and since allegations resurfaced, some who had worked with him have apologized, several even donating the pay they received to charities combating sexual abuse, including Rebecca Hall and Timothee Chalamet, according to Indie Wire.

Farrow also says that the acquiring and publishing of his adoptive father’s memoir was hidden from him while he was working on the publication of his own book, Catch and Kill, itself an exploration of how allegations of sexual assault and abuse, such as those against his father, are suppressed by the powerful individuals at whom they are leveled.

It’s not yet clear whether this publishing decision, or Farrow’s criticism, will lead to a boycott of Hachette and it’s imprints.

 

See our update on this story here.

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This Author’s First Novel Has Debuted at #1, and You NEED to Know About Her

Anne Griffin’s debut novel When All Is Said launched last night at the Gutter Bookshop in Dublin’s city centre, and despite only being on sale for half a week, Griffin’s novel is debuting at #1 in the Irish bestseller charts, having garnered praise in advance of its release from the likes of talkshow host Graham Norton, and PS: I Love You author and Samantha Who? writer Cecelia Ahern, among others!

 

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Published by Scepter, When All Is Said follows eighty-four-year-old Maurice Hannigan, as he sits in a bar, and has five drinks, each a toast to someone who was important in his life. The narrative, told in the first person and addressing Maurice’s son Kevin, who lives abroad, is tied together by a secret Maurice kept all his life.

Described by The Boy in the Striped Pajamas author John Boyne as ‘an extraordinary novel…and a story that moved me to tears,’ the book has been garnering extraordinarily high levels of praise for a debut writer, with positive reviews appearing in both national and international publications including The Irish Times and The Guardian, and an American publication date set for March 5th.

 

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Boyne, a long time friend of Griffin, launched the book last night, taking to the stage following Jim Binchy of Hachette Ireland, of which Sceptre is a division, in front of a packed-out store, and lauded Griffin for her ‘compassion’ and ‘interest in human nature,’ and her ambition not just to be published but ‘to write a novel worthy of being published.’ He noted that ‘perhaps our greatest living writer,’ John Banville, called the book ‘a rare jewel,’ and joked that though Robbie Williams may never have conquered America, Anne Griffin certainly will.

Griffin opened her speech by thanking Bob Johnson, prop of the beautiful independent bookshop The Gutter Bookshop for the place he and his store hold in Irish society, and went on to thank her agent, for taking a chance on her after she had been rejected no less than thirty-seven times.

Next for Anne Griffin is a second novel which is nearly finished, and a slew of foreign publications: When All Is Said will be released by Thomas Dunne Books in the US and Canada on the 5th March, 2019, by Rowohlt Verlag in Germany, Delcourt in France, by Harper Collins Holland in the Netherlands, by Wydawnictwo Czarna in Poland, and by Tyto Alba in Lithuania.

 

 

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