Does your book need a sensitivity reader?
So to Speak: The Free Speech PodcastEp. 173
Do books need a special editor who reads for offensive content? And who gets to decide what's offensive anyway? This week we are joined by authors Kat Rosenfield and Vesper Stamper to discuss censorial trends in book publishing, including the rise of so-called "sensitivity readers" and the sometimes successful campaigns to get books canceled before they are even published. We also explore adjacent debates: Is it appropriate to write outside of one's identity or lived experience? And can authors write about people who do bad things without endorsing the bad things they do?
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