#DignidadLiteraria to discuss meeting with executives of American Dirt publisher Flatiron Books, launch of national actions. Authors, activists and civic leaders will also call on Gov. Cuomo to have the NYS Division of Human Rights open an industry-wide investigation of discriminatory practices in hiring and contracting.
NEW YORK – Authors and activists from #Dignidadliteraria and their allies will host a press conference immediately following their private meeting with Flatiron Books on Monday, Feb. 3.
The private meeting was initiated by both parties following Latinx community outcry against American Dirt, in hopes of finalizing a plan to increase Latinx representation among the imprint’s staff as well as on the shelves of America’s bookstores and libraries.
DignidadLiteraria will also provide details of its national call to action focusing on Latinxs and the crisis in U.S. publishing. We will also make public our request that Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office initiate an industry-wide investigation of racial discrimination in Big Publishing’s hiring and contracting practices.
What: #DignidadLiteraria press conference/rally following meeting with Flatiron/MacMillan publishing.
Myriam Gurba, co-founder, #Dignidad Literaria, author
David Bowles, co-founder, #DignidadLiteraria, author
Roberto Lovato, author, co-founder, #DignidadLiteraria, author
Matt Nelson, Executive Director, Presente.org
New York community leaders
Where: 120 Broadway, New York, NY
When: February 3, 2020, 2:30 p.m. EST
Speakers will also be available for broadcast appearances Monday and Tuesday.
DignidadLiteraria is a network of committed Latinx authors formed to combat the invisibility of Latinx authors, editors and executives in the U.S. publishing industry and the dearth of Latinx literature on the shelves of America’s bookstores and libraries. #DignidadLiteraria believes in the social and political power of wholly authentic Latinx voices and that it is the duty of the publishing industry and literati to use their full power and privilege to elevate these voices.
Presente.org is the nation’s largest online Latinx organizing group; advancing social justice with technology, media, and culture.