Those who follow my Twitter feed know that I’ve already worn down my phone screen and keyboard in reaction to Donald Trump’s election as US president. It’s cathartic to feel like 1,600 of my closest friends are following every single stray thought I have. But, in all seriousness, the literary world has reason to worry, given Trump’s contempt for the First Amendment and for any voice that does not agree with his own.
At Foreword Reviews, we were as shocked as anybody Tuesday night. But, today, we’re back and resolved to do our part to fight Trumpism with everything we have. His election only underscores the importance of what we do—provide a platform for marginalized voices to be heard.
Indie publishers are, of course, an important part of the evolving conversation over how to react to the Trump threat. They represent a wide range of communities, many of them among the ones singled out and marginalized by Trump. Here’s a sample of their Twitter reactions.
First, here’s our statement on Trump’s election.
Lee & Low Books
Lee & Low Books specializes in diversity. It’s what they do. And diversity is something that Trump has a little trouble with. Still, Lee & Low chose first to speak to their own readers, who are justifiably afraid.
Haymarket Books has been a radical publisher for a long time, so being the rebellious voice is a role they’re used to. What Haymarket did, though, was a call for courage amid a free book giveaway.
Fig Tree Books
Fig Tree specializes in books on the Jewish American experience. Many younger American Jews have faced explicit anti-Semitism from Trump fans via social media for the first time in their lives. It was a shock to many, who thought those attitudes no longer existed in this country. Still, Fig Tree chose a message of togetherness from President Obama.
This bookstore and publisher went straight for hugs, something we all needed.
An inspirational quote from a great man.
Don’t get mad. Get organized.
The LGBT community is under threat, and Cleis Press is there with a message.
Indie author, publisher, and speaker Brooke Warner is in shock.
Author Gayle Forman put her money where her tweets are.
I put in my two cents as a call to action for writers.
Feel free to use the comments section here if you’d like to add your voice to the conversation. Now is not the time to be silent.
Howard Lovy is executive editor at Foreword Reviews. You can follow him on Twitter @Howard_Lovy