Great Job, Internet!: Read This: Literary figures discuss the crushing whiteness of publishing

Inspired by a recent survey showing the depressing lack of diversity in the publishing industry, Brooklyn magazine’s Molly McArdle has put together a new online roundtable of industry voices. The responses—collected from 50 published authors, industry editors, and other figures from all walks of the literary life—range from deeply pessimistic, like Private Citizens author Tony Tulathimutte’s “Barring world historical change, I don’t see really anything happening but a new paint job,” to more optimistic answers about the state of a business that controls so much of what we read and think about.

Topics discussed include the recent spate of children’s books putting a happy face on slavery (including A Birthday Cake For George Washington, which Scholastic pulled after people protested the way it shows future escaped slave Hercules merrily baking for the man who owns him), to the generally dismal economic outlook of the …

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