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Children’s authors protest deal for far-right commentator

Milo Yiannopoulos.
Milo Yiannopoulos.

NEW YORK (AP) — Cassandra Clare and Laurie Halse Anderson are among more than 160 Simon & Schuster children’s authors and illustrators who added their names to a letter sent to the company’s chief executive in protest of the recent decision to publish a book by the far-right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos.

Thursday’s letter to Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy denounced Yiannopoulos as a ‘‘hate-monger’’ and white supremacist. The signees didn’t call for Reidy to cancel publication of Yiannopoulos’ ‘‘Dangerous,’’ scheduled for March and already the subject of intense criticism, but they warned that Simon & Schuster risked its ‘‘considerable reputation and weight.’’

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Last summer, Yiannopoulos was kicked off Twitter after leading a harassment campaign against ‘‘Ghostbusters’’ star Leslie Jones. His book is being published through Simon & Schuster’s conservative Threshold imprint.