Woody Allen memoir scrapped by publisher
The release of Woody Allen’s memoir has been scrapped by publishers at Hachette Book Group a day after staff members staged a walk-out in protest.
Employees opted to support Ronan Farrow, who hammered the publishers for agreeing to release his estranged father’s book amid ongoing claims suggesting the Oscar-winning filmmaker molested the journalist’s sister, Dylan – Woody’s adopted daughter, and it appears the protest has prompted company bosses to rethink their release plans.
“Hachette Book Group has decided that it will not publish Woody Allen’s memoir Apropos of Nothing, originally scheduled for sale in April 2020, and will return all rights to the author,” a statement reads.
“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.”
Ironically, Hachette bosses were also behind Ronan Farrow’s recent release, Catch & Kill.
Meanwhile, Dylan Farrow has issued a statement thanking staff who protested on her behalf on Thursday.
She took to social media on Friday afternoon and wrote: “To each and every individual who, at great professional risk to themselves, stood in solidarity with my brother, myself, and all victims of sexual abuse yesterday: words will never describe the debt of gratitude I owe to you.
“For someone who has felt alone in my story for so long, yesterday was a profound reminder of what a difference can be made when people stand and unite together for what’s right. Thank you so very much.”