Simon & Schuster Canada will distribute far-right figurehead Milo Yiannopoulos’s controversial memoir, Dangerous, published by S&S U.S. imprint Threshold Editions.
Yiannopoulos, tech editor at the right-wing website Breitbart, was banned from Twitter for instigating an online sexist and racist campaign against actor Leslie Jones, who has spoken out against the book deal, joining S&S authors such as Tim Federle and Danielle Henderson. More than 160 S&S children’s authors and illustrators have also signed an open letter asking the American publisher to “take an irrefutable stand against hate.”
Earlier this month, S&S U.K. announced it would not carry Dangerous, which has yet to pick up a British distributor. Publishing insiders who spoke about the deal to The Guardian suggested the title could be a tough sell with British retailers – not so much because of Yiannopoulos’s extreme opinions, but because he doesn’t carry the same profile there as he does in North America. According to Iain Dale, head of the London indie publisher Biteback: “In the US there is a massive market for right-wing writers through talk radio stations, and they also do events where they can sell 2,000 to 3,000 copies at a time. We don’t have that market here, so it makes it harder to sell.”
S&S Canada was not available for comment. Q&Q also contacted several S&S Canada authors for their reactions. “I think Yiannopoulos is a piece of garbage and I wish S&S hadn’t gone into business with him,” says media critic Jesse Brown, whose book The Canadaland Guide to Canada (co-written with Vicky Mochama and Nick Zarzycki), comes out in May. “I think books about unpopular and contrary ideas should be published. I even think books about stupid and disgusting ideas should be published. But Yiannopoulos incites people to hurt people. So fuck him, and fuck fascism.”
Slated for publication in March, Dangerous is available for pre-order in Canada via Indigo Books & Music and Amazon.