Today, employees at the Little, Brown and Company imprint of the Hachette Book Group have organized a walkout in protest of the company’s announcement that it will be moving forward with the publication of Woody Allen’s memoir, Apropos of Nothing.
Allen’s memoir was purchased by Hachette’s imprint Grand Central Publishing one year ago, but it seemed for a while that the book would never ultimately appear. Two days ago, however, the company announced that the book will be released on April 7th.
Little, Brown and Company is the publisher of Ronan Farrow’s recent book Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators. Farrow, whose book and journalistic efforts in the #MeToo movement have led to the public identification of predator Harvey Weinstein, is the estranged son of Woody Allen (who allegedly sexually abused his daughter Dylan, and who married his ex-partner Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter). Yesterday, Farrow called the decision “wildly unprofessional,” and condemned the company.
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