Simon & Schuster Cancels Plans for Senator Hawley’s Book


Simon & Schuster talked about on Thursday that it’d cancel the publication of an upcoming e e e e-book by Senator Josh Hawley, one among pretty only a few members of Congress who tried to overturn the outcomes of the presidential election.

Mr. Hawley, a Missouri Republican and Trump ally, has been criticized for sturdy the outcomes and accused of serving to incite the mob that stormed the Capitol on Wednesday. His e e e e-book, “The Tyranny of Big Tech,” was scheduled to be printed in June.

“We did not come to this decision lightly,” Simon & Schuster talked about in an announcement. “As a creator it should typically be our mission to amplify pretty only a few voices and viewpoints: At the equal time we take considerably our elevated public accountability as residents, and will’t assist Senator Hawley after his perform in what turned a dangerous menace.”

In an announcement posted to Twitter, Mr. Hawley talked about that the cancellation of his e e e e-book was an affront to the First Amendment.

“This could not be more Orwellian,” he talked about. “Simon & Schuster is canceling my contract because I was representing my constituents, leading a debate on the Senate floor on voter integrity, which they have now decided to redefine as sedition.”

Mr. Hawley added: “We’ll see you in court.” In a subsequent assertion, Simon & Schuster talked about it was assured it was exhibiting inside its contractual rights.

The cancellation signaled the pitfalls that mainstream publishers face as they attempt to straddle the partisan divide in a hyper-polarized and dangerous political ambiance. The largest enterprise publishers have prolonged launched works by every Democrats and Republicans, and most have devoted imprints for works by politicians and pundits on the precise. But some publishing professionals questioned if the violence on the Capitol would make it untenable for them to work with conservative authors who’ve questioned the legitimacy of the election or taken totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally totally 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In the earlier four years, fairly solely fairly fairly solely fairly merely merely solely fairly an excessive amount of of us from Mr. Trump’s inside circle have gotten e e e e-book presents. Macmillan printed a memoir by Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, released a book with Hachette and self-published another.

Simon & Schuster, one of the “Big Five” book publishers in the United States, which Penguin Random House agreed to buy in November, has released several major political books in recent years, including “Too Much and Never Enough,” by Mary L. Trump, a niece of the president; “Rage,” by Bob Woodward; and “The Room Where It Happened,” by John Bolton, a former national security adviser in the Trump administration. It has also published conservative firebrands like Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson.

The Capitol rampage further complicated the already fraught question of whether or not publishers would release a memoir by President Trump.

During most election cycles, publishers are quick to snap up books from the former president and first lady and from former administration officials. But the escalation of the rhetoric from the president and some of his supporters in recent weeks has likely changed the calculus for editors and publishers who are wary of provoking a backlash from readers and employees.

Simon & Schuster has been subject to public pressure campaigns in the past when it has worked with controversial authors. In 2017, it called off its planned publication of a book by Milo Yiannopoulos, the right-wing commentator, after standing by him through weeks of criticism of the deal.

Last year, another member of the Big Five, Hachette, canceled plans to publish a book by Woody Allen after sustained pressure that included an employee walkout and condemnation from Ronan Farrow, Mr. Allen’s son, who had been published by Hachette. The book was later released by Arcade Publishing, an imprint of the independent publisher Skyhorse, which has also published books by the pro-Trump legal scholar Alan Dershowitz.

The subject of Mr. Hawley’s book, which was already available for preorder on Amazon and other retailers, is not about the election or Mr. Trump, but about technology corporations like Google, Facebook and Amazon. Its cancellation was remarkably swift and raised questions about how publishers will approach future books by conservatives who have supported Mr. Trump’s efforts to invalidate the election.

It’s unclear if Mr. Hawley will have to return his book advance, or whether Simon & Schuster will forfeit it. After the company canceled Mr. Yiannopoulos’s book, he sued Simon & Schuster for alleged breach of contract but later dropped the suit. It also remains to be seen whether Mr. Hawley will seek another publisher or self-publish the book.

Some executives argued that publishers should continue to publish authors from across the political spectrum, including pro-Trump factions within the conservative movement that are currently at odds with Republicans who have opposed the president.



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