Get our free newsletter
FishbowlDC has been covering the continuing controversy over the selection process for authors reading at Politics & Prose.
The bookstore gave the boot to one author recently because owner Carla Cohen didn’t agree with the author’s stance on Israel. Cohen defended her decision, saying she rarely vets books but had been offended by the book’s conclusion, which advocated a policy that would result in the elimination of the Israeli state. Nonetheless, Cohen says she made the wrong decision and has offered a new invitation to the author, Saree Makdisi. Fishbowl got another letter from a local author whose book on burlesque was dispatched with less controversy, after asking for a copy of the galley to review (meaning, yes, they do vet books).
Seems to me like the bookstore could do well by just bringing on the controversy: more scandalous proposals for Israel and more books about strippers. Sounds way more interesting than How the States Got Their Shapes.