BPC Bulletin: Fear and Loathing in Young-Adult Publishing

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


In the world of young-adult publishing, some fiction authors face barrages of abuse and threats — including death threats — on social media for their portrayals of minority characters and different cultures. Publishers are cancelling novels before publication and withdrawing published novels from marketplaces.

In The Guardian, Leo Benedictus reports:



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