Hachette Book Group on Friday dropped its plans to publish Woody Allen’s autobiography and stated it will return all rights to the writer, a day after its staff protested its take care of the filmmaker.
“The decision to cancel Mr. Allen’s book was a difficult one,” a spokeswoman for the writer stated in an announcement. “We take our relationships with authors very seriously, and do not cancel books lightly. We have published and will continue to publish many challenging books. As publishers, we make sure every day in our work that different voices and conflicting points of views can be heard.”
But she added that Hachette executives had mentioned the matter with its employees and, “After listening, we came to the conclusion that moving forward with publication would not be feasible for HBG.”
Letty Aronson, Mr. Allen’s sister and producer, declined to touch upon Friday.
Hachette introduced the e-book deal on Monday, saying its Grand Central Publishing imprint would launch Mr. Allen’s autobiography, “Apropos of Nothing,” on April 7. Ronan Farrow, Mr. Allen’s son, whose e-book “Catch and Kill” was printed by one other Hachette imprint, criticized Hachette, calling its resolution to publish Mr. Allen’s e-book a betrayal.