When a New York state law passed this year that banned books from a list of “obscene and harmful materials,” many of the publishers had no choice but to comply.
And while some publishers have since pulled their books from the list, others have stuck by their decision to include them in the first place.
One reason is the need to protect children from what the Department of Justice says are “toxic materials.”
But the pushback has been swift and brutal.
Some authors and publishers have even sued the state, alleging that the law violates their First Amendment rights.
And many have been banned from entering the country.
“This is a very strange and troubling situation,” said author Jane McGonigal, who founded a publisher called The Little Women Book in 2008.
“They say they are protecting children, but in fact they are putting them at risk.”
The Little Woman, published by Little Women Press, is the oldest publishing imprint in the country and has been a fixture in the Little Women literary community for decades.
It’s a small, private, family-owned company, and the Little Woman has published hundreds of titles since it was founded in 1928.
But last year, McGonagal started to worry.
“I didn’t know that it was a thing in this country,” she said.
“It was like the internet, and people are spreading the word.
“The Little Whores have been a community of women who have been victims of abuse, and we were trying to find ways to help them,” she told The Daily Beast. “
“But now they’re being targeted. “
The Little Whores have been a community of women who have been victims of abuse, and we were trying to find ways to help them,” she told The Daily Beast.
“But now they’re being targeted.
This is something we can’t let go.”
It’s been a tumultuous time for Little Whore Books, which has experienced a rapid decline in sales.
In December, McGinigal and her family filed a lawsuit against the publisher, claiming that the Little Lady was attempting to censor and silence its writers.
“We’ve had a lot of harassment and bullying,” said Stauffer.
“And it’s become so pervasive, so toxic that it’s just a question of time.”
The legal battle with Little Whothes Books began when a lawyer representing the Little Ladies’ attorneys contacted Staufers lawyers, asking for the Little Wife to pull her books from publication.
Staufer said that’s when she got a call from the Little House of Books, who offered to settle for $500.
“That was a huge blow,” she recalled.
“To be on the receiving end of a $500 settlement from a small publisher in the United States is very difficult to take.
They have to get their books back in.”
The settlement was accepted by the Little Witches, and in February, Stauper said she was notified that Little Whom Books had agreed to a $3.5 million settlement.
In October, McGowderers attorney told the Little Witch that the publishers would not comply with the court order to remove the books from distribution. “
But not all publishers are so lucky.
“Then they filed a motion for an injunction, saying, we’re not going to comply with that order. “
So we had to file a lawsuit to get them removed,” she explained.
“Then they filed a motion for an injunction, saying, we’re not going to comply with that order.
So we filed a new lawsuit.
They said they were going to sue us again, and so we filed another lawsuit.
The next day, we got a phone call from them saying, the Supreme Court of the United