'American Dirt' publisher vows to increase Latinx staff, published authors https://t.co/2sKvyrXsLu— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) February 4, 2020
- A group of Latinx activists met on Monday with officials at Macmillan, the international parent company of Flatiron Books, which published “American Dirt,” to deliberate over steps the publisher could take to increase Latino representation in the industry.
- Among the meeting attendees were Bob Miller and Don Weisberg, presidents of Flatiron Books and Macmillan, respectively; Amy Einhorn, the editor of “American Dirt”; representatives of Oprah Winfrey; and authors and #DignidadLiteraria founders David Bowles and Gurba.
- #DignidadLiteraria and Presente.org, an online Latinx organizing group, released a statement detailing the “unprecedented commitments” Macmillan made after the two-hour meeting. (see tweet in cut)
- The publisher made commitments to “substantially increasing Latinx representation across Macmillan, including authors, titles, staff and its overall literary ecosystem” as well as “developing an action plan to address these objectives within 90 days.”
- Macmillan also said it would “regroup within 30 days with #DignidadLiteraria and other Latinx groups to assess progress.”
- According to Bowles, Macmillan officials conceded during the meeting that Cummins had not received death threats. When Flatiron Books President Bob Miller announced in a statement that they were canceling the book tour, they cited “safety” concerns over “threats of physical violence.”
(Myriam Gurba tweeted she asked them to state that on their website and was told to mind her tone (see tweet in cut))
Today, #DignidadLiteraria & @PresenteOrg won an unprecedented commitment from the leadership of @macmillanbooks to transform their publishing practices to include substantial increases in Latinx titles & staff, company wide. Read our full statement —#DignidadLiteraria pic.twitter.com/OzEm8PsDMP— Presente.Org (@PresenteOrg) February 3, 2020
Yesterday, during the Macmillan meeting, some Oprah ppl insisted that she has chosen Latinx writers for her club, stressing Gabriel Garcia Marquez. In reply, I grunted, "He's dead."— Myriam Chingona Gurba de Serrano (@lesbrains) February 4, 2020
Part of what I read to the Macmillan folks yesterday. I stressed that Mexicans are good at building shit so let us handle the bridges. pic.twitter.com/TIc1wqMxba— Myriam Chingona Gurba de Serrano (@lesbrains) February 4, 2020
I asked them to and was told that I should mind my tone. Perhaps they ought to be asked to do so by folks besides mean old me 🤓. Honestly, it would earn my respect if they were to issue a statement of retraction or correction. https://t.co/r3X2EX3cy6— Myriam Chingona Gurba de Serrano (@lesbrains) February 4, 2020
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