Andrew Karre is executive editor at Dutton Books, a division of Penguin Random House. He has edited numerous award-winning and bestselling books for children and young adults, including "Out of Darkness" by Ashley Hope Perez, a Michael L. Printz honor book and "Last Night at the Telegraph Club" by Malinda Lo, winner of the National Book Award.
“Bans sell books.” You don’t have to go far online to find that bit of conventional wisdom. For example, today my delightfully bookish Twitter feed showed me Upton Sinclair’s thoughts on the matter from 1927. And in my two decades in book publishing, I’ve repeated variations on the theme many times. “Bans lead to publicity. […]