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Publisher delays paperback of latest Alexie book

From the Associated Press:

The publisher of Sherman Alexie, who faces multiple allegations of sexual harassment, is postponing the paperback of his latest book.

Hachette Book Group had planned to release the paperback of his memoir “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” in April. Hachette told The Associated Press on Sunday that the date had been pushed back indefinitely and that the change was made at the author’s request.

Alexie, one of the country’s best known authors, issued a statement earlier this month acknowledging wrongdoing. Last week, he declined a literary honor the American Library Association had awarded him for “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me,” which came out in 2017. The library association had given him the Carnegie Medal for nonfiction, a $5,000 prize.

“We were surprised and troubled to hear the allegations that have recently emerged, and are concerned about the distress this situation has caused so many,” Hachette said in a statement. “We’re encouraged that Sherman Alexie has apologized to those he has hurt and has dedicated himself, as he’s said, to becoming ‘a healthier man who makes healthier decisions.’”

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5 Comments to “Publisher delays paperback of latest Alexie book”

  1. Is it just me? Am I so far out of the loop that the statement, “Alexie, one of the country’s best known authors” feels like hyperbole? Because I had to look him up to see who he is. And geographically, he’s kinda from my backyard.

    • Waving to you on the outer edges of the loop! I’d never heard of him, either, and none of his books even ring a bell.

    • I’m familiar with his work, but I studied Native American history in grad school, and Western History, so we read some of his essays. Not a big, big name general fiction/ essay writer, but important in the Western/Native American writers’ canon.

  2. I’m pretty isolated – and had heard the name. Never read anything of his, but name recognition is a biggie. People will buy a book because they recognize the author’s name, not remembering why.

  3. The first time I ever heard about him was when the abuse allegations started. I certainly didn’t notice the release of the hardback.

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