Director’s Desk

November 2003
by Jan Nathan, Executive Director, PMA

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Madonna as an Author

Last week I received a phone call from someone at Fox Media who wanted to have people in the industry comment on the children’s book written by Madonna. It was an interesting call, since I don’t think the reporter was prepared for the response I gave. In fact, after hearing the response, she indicated that mine was a bit contrary to most she had gathered so far.

So many times, when we are at book shows, people whose books we are exhibiting come up and ask to have their book moved away from another title because they don’t agree with the philosophy or content in that other book. This always surprises me, since it’s logical that anybody who chooses to enter the world of publishing believes in and abides by the First Amendment. Over the years, though, I have found this is not always the case.

I have often represented titles for which I may not have an affinity or whose contents I may not entirely accept, but I will and do represent those books without bias to the trade. I strongly believe that everyone should, and does, have a right to publish information on any topic, and that the consumer will be the person to make the final judgment as to whether the information is important or valid. Censorship of any book will occur with nonpurchase of a title, and this is the only kind of censorship that is valid.

My reply to the reporter about Madonna’s book? I stated that there are literally hundreds of great c…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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