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A writer was making small talk during the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ (SCBWI) annual conference when she says the man she was chatting with, a successful children’s book illustrator, reached over and touched her hair.
“He fondled a lock of my hair and leaned in to my ear and said, ‘You’re kinky, aren’t you?
Castellano denied Yi’s claims outright, calling her story “fabricated” in a statement published on his blog shortly after his resignation.
The details of Yi’s and Castellano’s interaction—outside of the office, at a bar, while the actress was traveling and staying at a hotel—highlight aspects and dynamics of the way informal socializing is embedded into the publishing world, sometimes creating scenarios that leave people vulnerable to sexual harassment.
“Editors want to work with people they can work with.
No one wants to be that nightmare author,” says the writer, who co-authored a children’s book in 2015 and has a picture book coming out in 2019.
“I didn’t want [a sexual harassment claim] to stop me from becoming the writer I wanted to become in order to thrive in this industry and in order to succeed in this industry.” She summoned the confidence to come forward this October, encouraged by online conversations about sexual harassment and children’s publishing.
The writer reported her experiences to the executive director of SCBWI, Lin Oliver, who told her that Díaz had previously been warned about such behavior.