Round–Up: Mark Halperin, Colin Kaepernick, and Beverly Cleary

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From Colin Kaepernick’s million-dollar book deal to Beverly Clearly going retro, we’ve rounded up the latest literary news:


Penguin Press dropped journalist Mark Halperin after a number of women came forward to with evidence of sexual harassment he committed while working as ABC’s political director. Halperin was working on a book about the 2016 election for the publisher, which disseminated its announcement shortly after HBO, MSNBC, and NBC ended their relationships with him. Public scrutiny of long histories of sexual harassment have recently undone the careers of Harvey Weinstein and Bill O’Reilly; this has spurred a wave of courage among victims of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape to go public with their stories.


Colin Kaepernick reportedly landed a $1 million book deal with Random House imprint One World. One World, headed by Chris Jackson, was re-launched this fall after being founded in 1991. The former San Fransisco 49ers quarterback inspired the current wave of protests within the NFL when he declined to stand during the national anthem to call attention to the oppression of black people and people of color. After opting out of his contract with the 49ers, Kaepernick has not been hired by a team.


HarperCollins Children’s Books is releasing special hardcovers of six Beverly Cleary classics featuring forewords by contemporary authors speaking to the lasting importance of the 101-year-old author. The editions go on sale November 7 and include original illustrations by Louis Darling.