ABA's Winter Institute: Cummins discusses 'American Dirt' controversy

ABA's Winter Institute: Cummins discusses 'American Dirt' controversy

Fifteen-hundred-plus members of the trade–just under 800 of them US booksellers–are gathered this week in Baltimore for the 15th annual Winter Institute (WI) of the American Booksellers Association. On Wednesday, in a far-too-small standing-room-only space, a hundred or so crammed together to hear Jeanine Cummins explore and defend her much-trumpeted, just-published and explosively debated first novel, American Dirt (Flatiron/Headline). The author garnered a seven-figure advance, and her book more Indie Next recommendations than any in the programme’s recent history, as well as that most va...

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