Has best-seller James Patterson’s reach exceeded his grasp?
American author has sparked backlash after claiming white male authors face racism
Authors and publishing industry professionals are criticising best-selling author James Patterson for suggesting that white male authors are facing “another form of racism” in the wake of industry diversification efforts.
Patterson — whose autobiography will be published by Little, Brown this week — made the comment in an interview with The Times. He also said the industry is growing more difficult for older writers, and suggested that the issues extend to film and television as well as publishing.
“Can you get a job? Yes. Is it harder? Yes,” he said in the interview. “It’s even harder for older writers. You don’t meet many 52-year-old white males.”..