Following allegations of sexual conduct, James Dashner’s literary agent Michael W. Bourret drops working with him. The news was also confirmed by Dashner’s spokesperson. .“Mr. Asher is no longer working with the Andrea Brown agency,” Tammy Taylor wrote in an email.
Michael W. Bourret said in a statement, I couldn’t in good conscience continue working with James, and I let him go yesterday.”
A comments thread on the web site of School Library Journal includes allegations about Dashner, Thirteen Reasons Why author Jay Asher and other popular writers for young people.
Ally Condie, who wrote the million-selling Matched, tweeted “I wish publishing were immune from the toxicity, but it is decidedly not.”
Laurie Halse Anderson, author of the acclaimed Speak, tweeted to “Male allies” that when women “see predators mouthing the same sentiments or RTing #MeToo posts, we become even more wary.”
Princess Diaries novelist Meg Cabot tweeted that she was “saddened and angered that this sort of behavior has gone on for so long. It should not and WILL NOT.”
However Dashner’s publishing house has not made any comment on the situation.
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