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Maze Runner author James Dashner dropped by literary agent amid misconduct allegations

Maze Runner author James Dashner dropped by literary agent amid misconduct allegations
From CBC - February 15, 2018

Maze Runnerauthor James Dashner, facing allegations of sexual misconduct, has been dropped by his literary agent.

Michael W. Bourret said in a statement to The Associated Press on Wednesday that "under the circumstances" he could no longer represent Dashner.

"I could not in good conscience continue working with James, and I let him go yesterday," Bourret said.

A comments thread on the website of School Library Journal includes allegations about Dashner, Thirteen Reasons Whyauthor Jay Asher and other popular writers for young people.

Earlier this week, the head of the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators told the AP that Asher had been expelled. A spokeswoman for Asher disputes whether he was kicked out, but confirmed Wednesday that his agent had dropped him.

"Mr. Asher is no longer working with the Andrea Brown agency," Tammy Taylor wrote in an email to the AP.

"He respects and understands their position, given the current climate."

Multiple allegations rock kids lit community

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