James Frenkel leaves Tor

From Locus Online:

Longtime Tor Books editor James Frenkel has left the company. Tor senior editor Patrick Nielsen Hayden wrote in a series of posts to his twitter account:

James Frenkel is no longer associated with Tor Books. We wish him the best.

We’ll be contacting the authors and agents Mr. Frenkel worked with to discuss which editor here they’ll be working with going forward.

This process will take some days or even weeks, so please be patient if you don’t hear from us instantly.

Finally, if you had something on submission to Tor via Mr. Frenkel, you’ll need to resubmit it via some other Tor editor.

If you don’t have a particular editor in mind, you can re-submit it via Diana Pho (diana.pho@tor.com) who will route it appropriately.

Additionally, Kenneth White of Popehat has made the following statement of support:

Elise Matthesen is a writer, artist, and activist. Sigrid Ellis is a writer, editor, blogger, and air traffic controller. Both are active in what I’ll refer to as the fantasy and science fiction community.

Ms. Ellis gave a party at Wiscon; Ms. Matthesen attended. Ms. Matthesen experienced conduct she believed was harassment, and reported it. She later wrote a post — carried by several prominent figures in the science fiction community — about the process of reporting harassment at conventions. Ms. Ellis identified the person Ms. Matthesen reported.

Though I discuss harassment in the science fiction, fantasy, and gaming community on this blog, the purpose of this post is not to discuss that incident, or the nature of the conduct that led to the report.

Rather, I write to state my support.

As far as I know, Ms. Ellis and Ms. Matthesen have not received specific legal threats.

However, in the event that Ms. Ellis or Ms. Matthesen do receive legal threats or are subjected to litigation, I have agreed to give them my assistance in securing an effective and vigorous defense. That assistance will include the Popehat Signal. Thanks to the generosity of readers and the devotion of the community of First Amendment attorneys (including the First Amendment Lawyers Association, of which I am a member), the Popehat Signal has often been successful at pairing defendants with pro bono lawyers who have produced excellent results. I have also offered, to the extent appropriate and (depending on the jurisdiction) available, my personal assistance, which has also led to some success. Finally, I will do my part to encourage the Streisand Effect.

Does it sound like I boast? Maybe it does. Take it this way: I am utterly, unreservedly, mercilessly serious.

Conduct yourself accordingly.

Enjoy your weekend, folks!

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One Response

  1. […] automatically assumed that after everything that happened to Elise and Frenkel’s subsequent departure from Tor, there was no way that he’d be back at WisCon, not after all the press, the revelations that […]

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