Jennifer Risher’s Letter to the Editor of the New York Times

When Publishing Focuses on the Bottom Line

Re “Best Sellers Sell the Best” (Sunday Business, Sept. 20):

With publishers preordaining certain titles as likely successes, the homogenization of literary culture is particularly problematic.

Publishing is one of the least diverse industries in the country. We all saw the pent-up frustration when “American Dirt” was released. Now, nine months later, Penguin Random House’s work force remains 79 percent white.

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