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#MeToo Says Half Of Book Industry Professionals Surveyed

More than half of the almost 400 respondents surveyed on sexual harassment within the book industry said they have experienced harassment. The Bookseller conducted the trade survey and reported on the results. The 54% of women and 34% of men who stated they had suffered abuse are spread throughout the industry. They include booksellers, agents, authors, and event organizers. The experiences ranged from crude or demeaning language used about women in the workplace to rape. The Bookseller also reported that harassment was often carried out by more senior or high-status male professionals, and that “the targets are often young, in junior roles, new in the workplace or working freelance.”

Edwidge Danticat Wins 2018 Neustadt International Prize for Literature

World Literature Today announced that Edwidge Danticat is the 25th laureate of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature. Danticat will be awarded $50,000 as a winner of the Prize, which recognizes outstanding literary merit in literature worldwide. Of the Breath, Eyes, Memory author, Neustadt Prize panel juror Achy Obejas said in her nominating statement that Danticat’s work “addresses how the specter of history haunts the unresolved present” and undermines the future unless people find a way to redeem it.

Ellen Page Will Star In The Umbrella Academy

Ellen Page will play Vanya in Netflix’s series adaptation of The Umbrella Academy. The graphic novels, written by Gerard Way and illustrated by Gabriel Bá, follow the estranged members of a dysfunctional family of superheroes. In the series, Vanya is the black sheep of the family–the only one without superpowers. Gerard Way will serve as co-executive producer on the show, which is set for a 2018 premier.

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