Israeli publisher of Irish writer Salley Rooney says she won’t stop selling her titles even after the country’s two largest bookstore chains take them off shelves in protest at her refusal to publish her latest book in Hebrew. because of her criticism of Israel.
The 30-year-old author of three novels said last month she could not partner with a Hebrew publishing house that “did not publicly renounce apartheid and support the UN-enshrined rights of the Palestinian people.”
This sparked a furious reaction in Israel, including from the Steimatzky chain, which has 130 branches. The company removed Rooney’s works from its website, including the title at the center of the controversy, “Beautiful World, Where Are You.”
Tzomet Sfarim, a chain of about 90 branches, also stopped selling Rooney’s 2018 “Normal People” online.
However, Modan Publishing House, which has translated her works, tells AFP it will continue to sell Rooney’s books, despite its stance on Israel.
“We do not support a cultural boycott, so we will continue to sell Sally Rooney’s works as usual,” said Tali Thelet, a company spokeswoman.