BPC Bulletin: Publisher's Staff Protest Forthcoming Jordan Peterson Book

News Reports and Commentary Selected by Franklin Carter of the Book and Periodical Council’s Freedom of Expression Committee.

 

At Penguin Random House Canada, employees have protested the book company’s decision to publish Jordan Peterson’s next book, Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life.

At a meeting on November 23, 2020, the anonymous employees said that PRHC shouldn’t give Peterson a platform because of his popularity with the “far right.” Some employees reportedly wept.

PRHC’s executives support the book and plan to publish it in early March.

Peterson is a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. He has taught at McGill University and Harvard University.

REPORTAGE

The National Post reports:

https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/jordan-petersons-12-rules-sequel-sees-staff-complain-to-publisher-penguin-random-house

In the Toronto Sun, Bryan Passifiume reports:

https://torontosun.com/news/national/new-jordan-peterson-book-causes-tears-to-flow-at-publisher

At Vice, Manisha Krishnan reports:
https://www.vice.com/en/article/g5bv3x/penguin-random-house-staff-confront-publisher-about-new-jordan-peterson-book

In The Guardian, Alison Flood reports:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/nov/25/staff-at-jordan-petersons-publisher-protest-new-book-plans

At the Flamborough Review, Bruce DeMara reports:

https://www.flamboroughreview.com/whatson-story/10275592-after-employees-go-public-with-concern-penguin-random-house-remains-tight-lipped-over-publication-of-jordan-peterson-s-new-book/

In The Bookseller, Tamsin Hackett reports the publishing details:

https://www.thebookseller.com/news/penguin-publish-petersons-12-more-rules-life-march-1226725

COMMENTARY

In the National Post, Rex Murphy comments:

https://nationalpost.com/opinion/rex-murphy-a-pathetic-display-by-an-anti-jordan-peterson-woke-mob

In Reason, Robby Soave writes:
https://reason.com/2020/11/25/jordan-peterson-12-rules-for-life-sequel-penguin-random-house/

At Russia Today, Damian Wilson comments:
https://www.rt.com/op-ed/507816-anti-woke-professor-jordanb-peterson/

In The Spectator, Cockburn names five Penguin Random House books that the company’s aggrieved employees also might want to consign to the flames:

https://spectator.us/five-books-penguin-ban-along-jordan-peterson/

In the National Review, Madeleine Kearns briefly comments:
https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/jordan-peterson-v-the-publishing-mob/

Thanks go to David Kent who provided the news tip.

 

The Book and Periodical Council was formed in 1975 as the Book and Periodical Development Council to provide a venue for members to discuss industry issues, address mutual concerns and undertake projects for the benefit of Canadian writing and publishing.

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