“The petition has garnered more than 700 signatures and counting from editors, writers, academics and others as of November 4.”
This is happening at the same time that the left is claiming that conservatives are trying to ban books.
The College Fix reports:
Academics join failed petition to get Justice Barrett book canceled
The publisher of Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s forthcoming book rejected calls by some in the publishing industry and academia to cancel it.
Penguin Random House confirmed Monday that it remains “committed” to publishing a forthcoming book by Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett despite an online petition against it, The Wall Street Journal reported October 31.
The petition has garnered more than 700 signatures and counting from editors, writers, academics and others as of November 4.
The College Fix reached out to the Sentinel, the conservative imprint at Penguin Random House that will publish the book, to ask why the book was selected for publication, whether it had ever before revoked a book contract due to a petition, and whether it has any response to the signatories. It has not received a response.
The Fix also reached out to several signatories associated with academia, including Smith College English professor Carole DeSanti, University of Michigan Press coordinator Carl Levigne, Notre Dame English PhD and Northwestern University Press editor Courtney Smotherman, and University of Chicago Press editor Kristen Raddatz.
It asked them whether the Barrett case was a unique instance of “a corporation [privately funding] the destruction of human rights” in publishing. It also asked whether they would oppose the publication of the book by another outlet and whether they have ever opposed the publication of another text by Penguin Random House. Lastly, it asked if they had any comment on the Wall Street Journal article indicating that the book would be published. It has not received a response.
“We remain fully committed to publishing authors who, like Justice Barrett, substantively shape today’s most important conversations,” Adrian Zackheim, publisher of Sentinel, told The Wall Street Journal.
Sentinel “publishes books so that people can read them, and evaluate them on their own,” Zackheim told the The Wall Street Journal. “In an intelligent free society we need to disseminate ideas in a robust form so that we can discuss them.”
Zackheim told the paper that Barrett is still writing the book, and it will likely come out in 2024.
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