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Thirteen Reasons Why Author Expelled From Writers Organization Over Sexual Harassment Allegations

Thirteen Reasons Why Author Expelled From Writers Organization Over Sexual Harassment Allegations
From TIME - February 13, 2018

(NEW YORK)Best-selling childrens author Jay Asher has been expelled from a prominent writers organization because of allegations about sexual harassment.

Lin Oliver, executive director of the Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators, told The Associated Press on Monday that Asher had violated the societys harassment code. He was banned last year but the news only came to light with the rise of the #MeToo movement. Asher and prize-winning illustrator David Diaz, who was also kicked out of the organization, were mentioned frequently in a recent comment thread on School Library Journal about harassment in childrens publishing.

Both Jay Asher and David Diaz were found to have violated the SCBWI code of conduct in regard to harassment, Oliver wrote in an email. Claims against them were investigated and, as a result, they are no longer members and neither will be appearing at any SCBWI events in the future.

Asher is known for novels such as Thirteen Reasons Why and The Future of Us, while Diaz won the prestigious Caldecott medal for illustration for the 1994 book Smoky Night. Diaz has worked on dozens of books, including Me, Frida and The Little Scarecrow Boy.

The publishers for Asher and Diaz didnt have any immediate comment Monday. Asher told BuzzFeed News on Monday that he left voluntarily and felt that he had been thrown under the bus.

Its very scary when you know people are just not going to believe you once you open your mouth, he said. I feel very conflicted about it just because of whats going on in the culture and whos supposed to be believed and whos not.

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