S&S US cancels Yiannopoulos book
In the US, Simon and Schuster has cancelled British far-right journalist and Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos’ book Dangerous, reports Publishers Weekly.
The company released a brief statement, saying: ‘After careful consideration, Simon & Schuster and its Threshold Editions imprint have cancelled publication of Dangerous by Milo Yiannopoulos.’
Yiannopoulos received a US$250,000 (A$325,000) book deal with S&S conservative imprint Threshold Editions in December 2016. The controversial deal attracted criticism from writers and the publishing industry, while several industry bodies defended the publisher on the grounds of freedom of speech.
The deal also resulted in US author Roxane Gay pulling her book, How to Be Heard, from S&S imprint TED Books.
Publishers Weekly speculates that ‘the last straw’ for the publisher may have come when the Conservative Political Action Conference disinvited Yiannopoulos after he appeared to condone pedophilia in a video. Yiannopoulos has denied the accusation, and said the video had been edited.
The book was never picked up for distribution by S&S in Australia or New Zealand.
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