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Barnes & Noble Cancels 'Diverse Editions' Classic Literature Covers Following Backlash03:51
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Barnes & Noble is withdrawing a planned line of famous literature reissued with multicultural cover images that has drawn widespread criticism on social media. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)
Barnes & Noble is withdrawing a planned line of famous literature reissued with multicultural cover images that has drawn widespread criticism on social media. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

In an effort to celebrate Black History Month, national book retailer Barnes & Noble and book publisher Penguin Random House released "Diverse Editions" — classic book titles with black protagonists on the cover.

It was not well received with many calling it "literary blackface." Barnes & Noble has ceased the initiative, but the conversation around the cultural politics of publishing, only weeks after the uproar around Jeanine Cummins' "American Dirt," is just beginning.

Here & Now's Tonya Mosley talks with vocal critic and author, Justina Ireland (@justinaireland).

This segment aired on February 7, 2020.

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