Woody Allen memoir shelved by publisher after immediate protests

Earlier this week, Grand Central Publishing surprised the world by announcing a new memoir from Woody Allen that would come out in April.

On Tuesday, Allen’s estranged son, Ronan Farrow, announced he’d cut ties with the publishing group, which had put out his book this past October, “Catch and Kill.”

On Thursday, several dozen staffers from various Hachette Book Group imprints walked off the job in solidarity with Farrow.

And now there won’t be a Woody Allen memoir, after all. At least not from Grand Central Publishing. It has returned the rights to Allen.

Hachette Book Group just released the following statement:

“The decision to cancel Mr. Allen’s book was a difficult one. At HBG we take our relationships with authors very seriously, and do not cancel books lightly. We have published and will continue to publish many challenging books. As publishers, we make sure every day in our work that different voices and conflicting points of views can be heard.”

“Also, as a company, we are committed to offering a stimulating, supportive and open work environment for all our staff. Over the past few days, HBG leadership had extensive conversations with our staff and others. After listening, we came to the conclusion that moving forward with publication would not be feasible for HBG.”

Sean L. McCarthy

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