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As #PublishingPaidMe trends, authors share race-based pay gap and publishers vow to improve diversity
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As #PublishingPaidMe trends, authors share race-based pay gap and publishers vow to improve diversity

Using #PublishingPaidMe authors and book publishing employees are speaking out against the homogeneity of their industry and how much writers of colour are paid, issues that are gaining urgency as protests against systemic racism continue around the US.

Writing, race and representation: What the debate about Jeanine Cummins' American Dirt tells us about appropriation
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Writing, race and representation: What the debate about Jeanine Cummins' American Dirt tells us about appropriation

A growing chorus of online critics accused American Dirt author Jeanine Cummins of having exploited the experience of migrants and repackaging it as opportunistic “trauma porn” for a predominantly white publishing industry.

American Dirt: In Jeanine Cummins' new book, writing about the border crisis, hoping to break down walls
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American Dirt: In Jeanine Cummins' new book, writing about the border crisis, hoping to break down walls

As a nonimmigrant, Jeanine Cummins was reluctant at first to write an entire novel from the perspective of Mexican migrants, for fear of getting it wrong, or appearing to be opportunistically seizing on a humanitarian crisis.