Posted on 02/04/2020 at 07:48 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

A group pushing for more inclusivity and diversity in publishing has announced an agreement with the publisher of American Dirt.

The writers who make up the #DignidadLiteraria movement said Monday that Macmillan Publishers — whose imprint Flatiron Books released the controversial novel — agreed that it would write up an action plan on how it would increase Latinx representation at the company within ninety days, reports the Guardian.

The two sides also agreed to meet again in thirty days.

Members of the Latinx community have criticized American Dirt — a novel about a Mexican mother-son duo fleeing cartel violence — by Jeanine Cummins not because of the author’s ethnic identity, but because they believe her depiction is inaccurate and because they believe the publisher could have found better portrayals of the issue from Latinx authors.

Since the novel was released and revealed as Oprah Winfrey’s latest book club pick, objections to it have escalated to the point where Flatiron canceled Cummins’s book tour, citing credible threats to her safety.

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