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Open Letter to the New York Times

Monday, February 6, 2017   (7 Comments)
Posted by: Sarah Glass
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For thirty years, Sisters in Crime (SinC) has represented women crime writers and has acted as a watchdog for parity in terms of reviews through our monitoring project. The recent decision of the New York Times to discontinue several of their bestseller lists, including mass market paperback and ebook, is a significant blow to authors of crime fiction, at least half of whom are women, and likely more than half in the mass market category. Ignoring the successes of these authors sends the message that these works aren't worthy of inclusion. Though leaders in their designated categories, by choosing to dismiss these achievements, the Times is not only holding other categories in higher esteem, they’re encouraging readers to do the same. Sisters in Crime joins RWA in asking the Times to reconsider its decision.

 

Comments...

Sarah Levine-Simon says...
Posted Sunday, March 5, 2017
The NY Times has been so manipulative of the book market over the years. It's time to call attention to the disparities the paper promotes. And don't get me started about the quality of its reporting.
Anne DeMarsay says...
Posted Wednesday, February 15, 2017
I've shared this letter with friends who are mystery readers and fellow writers, and will post a comment on the NYT FB page if I can. I wish there were a hashtag we could attach to our posts.
Rachel Rear says...
Posted Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Crime fiction is one of the most popular genres across populations. Please reconsider.
Rosemary Nichols says...
Posted Tuesday, February 7, 2017
For those of you who write or who like to read current fiction, this is an important issue.
Diane Burton says...
Posted Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Excellent letter. Thank you for your efforts on our behalf.
Heather Haven says...
Posted Tuesday, February 7, 2017
I couldn't have said it better. Add my name to the list.
Louisa Clerici says...
Posted Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Sad times for writers, readers and lovers of crime fiction....

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