American Dirt author speaks to booksellers divided on her book

Jan 24 2020

Jeanine Cummins, the author of American Dirt, which is being celebrated by the likes of Oprah Winfrey, who selected it for her book club, while at the same time receiving negative reviews in The New York Times and other media outlets, and is being criticized on social media, this Wednesday made her first public appearance since the controversy reached its peak this past week. Bookseller Javier Ramirez, a veteran in the industry who has worked at almost every indie in the Chicago area, and who is on the verge of opening Madison Street Books in the Windy City, conducted a Q&A with Cummins that drew a standing-room-only audience of about 120 people at Winter Institute in Baltimore. While most of the audience was clearly supportive of Cummins, there were booksellers present who were, and remain, critical of American Dirt and its author.

Also of interest: BuzzFeed explains the American Dirt controversy.

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