Setting up the background for the discussion:
Yesterday my husband was fixing my app page on my Kindle Fire tablet and when he handed it back a random show had started playing. It was an Oprah interview show on Netflix. It was a special broadcast called When They See Us Now
It dealt with the case of the "exonerated five" who used to be called "the Central park five". I knew all about this case because I lived in NY until 1988 and my parents lived there their whole lives, so I was familiar with a great deal of NYC/NYS affairs. You might have heard it on the news due to the case of the "Central park jogger". I won't rehash the case here because as horrific as her story goes, there was also the imprisonment of five innocent teens.
I'll cut to the chase to explain why I'm bringing this up now. It has to do with news that those in the blogosphere probably heard about this year: the author Linda Fairstein connection. Here's a particular paragraph that is relevant to my post, copied directly from the LA Times news article:
"In November, the Mystery Writers of America announced it was withdrawing its planned Grand Master award for Fairstein, following criticism from authors like Attica Locke, the mystery novelist, who objected to the honor on Twitter.
“I am begging you to reconsider having Linda Fairstein serve as a Grand Master in next year’s awards ceremony. She is almost singlehandedly responsible for the wrongful incarceration of the Central Park Five,” Locke wrote. “Just because she has a flourishing publishing career does not mean we should ignore her past — or her continued unwillingness to accept responsibility for ruining five innocent men’s lives.”
And here is the article about her publisher dropping her books
Which leads us to the question of the day. Would you-- or do you-- boycott certain authors because of what they did in their past that upsets you?
Would you continue to read her books, knowing more about her here? How about fantasy author Marion Zimmer Bradley a sexual predator who even abused her own children? Or Anne Perry, who admitted and served her time for helping a schoolmate bludgeon the friend's mother to death? There are the numerous male authors who recently were accused of sexual harassment by women, in the news. Do the real life issues surrounding authors play any role in whether you will or won't read them? Or do you keep your entertainment separate from the authors' real lives?
What do you think about all this?