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Roxane Gay canceles book deal with Simon & Schuster over Milo Yiannopoulos deal


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The feminist author and commentator Roxane Gay has pulled publication of her forthcoming book from Simon & Schuster in protest of its support of the notorious “alt-right” figurehead Milo Yiannopoulos.

“I just couldn’t bring myself to turn the book in,” Gay said in a statement to BuzzFeed News, explaining that her upcoming book How to Be Heard was to be published through TED Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

Yiannopoulos gained public notoriety after he was banned from Twitter for leading a racist and sexist campaign against the female-starring Ghostbusters reboot and the Saturday Night Live comedian Leslie Jones.

His book Dangerous received a $250,000 advance from Threshold Editions, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, horrifying many in the publishing industry. The editor of the Chicago Review of Books announced the publication would not review any Simon & Schuster books this year because the company “peddles hate speech for profit”.


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