‘I didn’t say anything’: ‘This is the worst thing that’s happened to me’: ‘I thought I was done’: After being forced to cancel, author gets a new life in publishing
Queens library eBooks, which had become the focus of a federal probe that eventually led to his arrest and a federal indictment, were once again on sale, thanks to a new book deal with HarperCollins.
A new HarperCollins book deal has been signed, and author David Dao is getting a new job with the publisher.
Dao has been a thorn in HarperCollins’ side for years, and the company has made little secret of its displeasure with his alleged treatment.
The company’s new book contract with Dao, titled “A Thousand Days: David Dajos Story,” is a two-part deal that will be published on March 31.
“The book will be available through the HarperCollins App for Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iVerse, and Amazon.com, and available through other digital retailers including the iTunes App Store,” HarperCollins said in a statement.
“We have been thrilled to partner with David Danto to publish his story, and we’re proud to have him as a part of HarperCollins Family.
As a longtime HarperCollins customer, we’re confident that his story will be a powerful reminder of what it means to be human, and why we need each other to thrive.
We’re looking forward to sharing more details of the book soon.”
Dao was one of a group of protesters who tried to block the entrance to the Brooklyn Museum, during which a group calling itself the “Anti-Capitalists” held up signs that read “We will not be silent,” “Capitalism is killing our democracy” and “We’re all capitalists.”
HarperCollins also said that the new book will include “new stories about the people who have helped make New York City a city that is more inclusive, more inclusive of all people, and more inclusive for all people.”
The book deal, which will be in conjunction with the launch of a new digital magazine called The Book Factory, was announced on Twitter by the company.
“It’s been a tough year for me personally and professionally,” Dao wrote.
“But I am grateful to HarperCollins and the many people at HarperCollins who have worked so hard to help me get where I am today.
I’m confident the book will help me to heal and be stronger.”
The new HarperCards book deal comes a day after a federal judge ordered that HarperCollins be forced to pay $4.5 million to Dao after he was arrested by the NYPD for allegedly assaulting a security guard who refused to let him into a Brooklyn Museum exhibit.
Dao was found guilty of assault and battery, but the court also ordered that he receive $6 million in compensatory damages and a lifetime ban on owning firearms.
The company has been under pressure to change its image as a company that discriminates against LGBTQ individuals and women, with the New York Times reporting last year that it was the company’s biggest single source of criticism.
The Times also reported that it had received “over two dozen complaints” about the company in the past five years, including that “there are no black women at HarperCarts,” and that “Black women are underrepresented in publishing and other positions in the book industry.”
In the wake of Dao’s arrest, the company was ordered to change several policy statements and put more emphasis on diversity.
In the aftermath of the arrest, HarperCollins began hiring more female editors and marketing executives, but Dao also lost a job at a book publishing house.
Despite the backlash, Dao has continued to publish, including a collection of stories he co-wrote with the poet and activist Toni Morrison called “The Black List,” which is set to be published next year.