Best-selling novelist Joanne Harris has announced that she turned down a book deal after US publishers asked her to remove a piece of voiceover from the text.
Author, best known for her novels Chocolateshared the decision in a post to her followers on Twitter.
According to Harris, publishers asked her to remove an “f-bomb” from the novel A narrow door.
“I turned down a book deal in the US today because they wanted to correct my use of ‘f-bomb’,” she wrote on Saturday morning (February 19).
“I refused for two reasons: one, because I didn’t use the word unintentionally. They are important. And second, because I don’t believe that my use of the word ‘f***’ is harmful to anyone. (In Harris’ tweet, the word was uncensored.)
The deal in question involves a mail-order book club edition of the psychological thriller A narrow doora novel that was first published last year.
“In any case, I have thought about it carefully and the decision is mine. That’s how publishing works and I’m happy with my choice,” she continued.
“But if an editor pointed out an inadvertent error in the text – or something in the tone of voice that could be hurtful – I would have listened and most likely would have changed it. Defending the words I want to use doesn’t mean refusing to change the words I don’t use. ”
“I don’t feel offended in the slightest by this. I made a choice, and so did they. I don’t feel from afar as if I’ve been ‘cancelled’,” added Harris.
Harris’ comments come amid broader debate about literary censorship in America.
Last month, the Tennessee school board faces criticism for unanimous decision to ban popular Holocaust-themed graphic novels Maus from the language arts curriculum, citing concerns about profanity and female nudity.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/joanne-harris-book-deal-swearing-b2018945.html Joanne Harris says she turned down book deal because of ‘f-bomb’ edit request