BookExpo Panel: PEN America Presents The First Amendment Resistance
In an age of fake news, viral provocation and heightened awareness of difference, what responsibilities do publishers have when it comes to books by controversial writers professing what seem to be unpopular opinion? Is it wrong to provide a platform for someone who has been criticized for political views outside the acceptable norm? And is there an acceptable norm—or is this a conceit of an elitist, left-leaning publishing industry?
As part of BookExpo 2017, WNYC’s On the Media co-host Brooke Gladstone will moderate a panel that will discuss the publishing industry’s position as a neutral or more values-driven voice in today’s age. BooxExpo is North America’s largest gathering of book trade professionals attracting an audience from around the globe. Panelists include video game developer Zoë Quinn – who unintentionally became a central figure in the Gamergate controversy in 2014, – activist and Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors, New York Post columnist and editor of Commentary magazine John Podhoretz and author and lawyer Scott Turow. The aim is for each to provide a unique perspective for the conversation.
BookExpo is taking place at the Javits Center NYC
655 W 34th St
New York, NY 10001
The discussion will be held in Room 1E14