2020-02-05 13:12:00

Publisher Agrees to Boost Latinx Representation After Backlash to Whitewashed Novel “American Dirt”

Democracy Now! looks at the massive backlash and criticism against the novel American Dirt as a movement led by Latinx writers declares victory, demanding more representation in the publishing industry.

On Monday, the leaders of the Dignidad Literaria movement celebrated a successful meeting in New York City with the book’s publisher, Macmillan, the owner of Flatiron Books.

The publisher agreed to expand Latinx representation in its staff and its publications. The campaign is also calling for an investigation into discriminatory practices in the publishing industry at large.

Democracy Now! speaks with two co-founders of Dignidad Literaria Myriam Gurba, who wrote the first viral review of American Dirt that ignited criticism of the book, and Roberto Lovato, award-winning journalist and author of the forthcoming book Unforgetting: A Memoir of Revolution and Redemption.

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