Best of AP — Honorable Mention


Dual AP exclusives on controversial book releases

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Oprah Winfrey, left, and “American Dirt” author Jeanine Cummins appear in Tucson, Ariz., Feb. 13, 2020, for an “Oprah’s Book Club” show about Cummins’ controversial book. – AP Photo / Hillel Italie

Hillel Italie, entertainment reporter, New York, scored two book publishing exclusives in one week: He was first to report on a Woody Allen memoir being released by Hachette, the same publisher that released the #MeToo book by Allen’s estranged son, Ronan Farrow. Days of criticism – including a walkout by Hachette employees – followed, and the publisher canceled the book. Italie also landed a joint interview with Oprah Winfrey and author Jeanine Cummins when he was the only media representative to attend a town hall about the controversial book “American Dirt,” which has been accused of perpetuating stereotypes of Latinos.

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