YPG MARCH BBL: Publishing (Un)censored

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In light of the Paris shooting at Charlie Hebdo for controversial political cartoons, we in the publishing industry have the unique opportunity to take an honest look at our role and responsibility to encourage free speech and free expression. How much danger are we comfortable with? What is the role of editors with respect to the safety of our authors when it comes to controversial work? Our industry has a proud tradition of free expression—from supporting Salman Rushdie after the fatwa was declared  against him for publication of The Satanic Verses to  smuggling manuscripts out of the Soviet Union, to defending authors whose books are involved in school and library censorship fights. In this YPG Forum, hear from industry reps deeply involved in the fight for free speech as they share the history of publisher bravery in defense of free speech, current issues happening right now, and what the junior publishing community can do to fan the flame. Panelists include:

  • Chris Finan, Director of the American Bookseller’s for Free Expression at ABA and From the Palmer Raids to the Patriot Act: A History of the Fight for Free Speech in America
  • Dennis Johnson, Co-Founder and Co-Publisher of Melville House
  • Featured Author: Hillary Jordan, award-winning author of Mudbound and When She Woke
  • Judy Platt, Director of Free Expression for the Association of American Publishers (moderator)
  • Megan Tingley, EVP of Hachette Book Group & Publisher, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Plan to join us on Monday, March 23rd from 12:30-1:30pm at the AAP New York offices (71 Fifth Avenue, 2nd floor, NYC) for this discussion. RSVP HERE to attend.

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