Thursday, February 15, 2018

Publishers Lunch


Today's Meal

After Thirteen Reasons Why author Jay Asher's expulsion from the SCBWI last year following sexual harassment allegations came to light earlier this week, the Andrea Brown Literary Agency has said that it is no longer working with him. "All of the agents at ABLA support the important national conversation about sexual harassment and bullying and we believe that all creators should have a safe space to work professionally," they said in a statement that was sent to their clients. "We have counseled Jay to take a step back from the industry and he's doing so. He is no longer working with the agency." (Asher's primary agent had been Laura Rennert.)

The statement, which is signed by all 11 agents at ABLA, concludes, "As an agency founded and run by women, we are greatly invested in this conversation. If you have experienced harassment or bullying, have found yourself in uncomfortable situations, or have questions or concerns, please know that our doors are open to you."

On Tuesday a Netflix spokesperson released a brief statement about the upcoming second season of their adaptation of 13 Reasons Why: "Jay Asher was not involved in the second season of 13 Reasons Why. The upcoming season will not be impacted in any way."

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At Scholastic Trade, Julia Romero has been promoted to director of sales for Klutz and Courtney DeVerges has been promoted to sales representative for Klutz.

Erika Turner has joined Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's new children's imprint Versify as editorial project manager. Previously she was managing editor of the Vera Institute of Justice.

Emily Bamford has been promoted to publicist at Random House Children's.

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