Woody Allen’s memoir, Apropos of Nothing, is officially out on the market. With little fanfare, Allen’s new publisher, Arcade Publishing released the book Monday.
The Previous Publisher
The autobiography previously was supposed to come out on April 7 under the Hachette Book Group. Woody Allen’s son, author Ronan Farrow cut ties with Hachette over that decision. Farrow published his book Catch and Kill with the publishing company.
Farrow posted a long message on Twitter, lambasting the publishing group for working with Allen, calling it an insult to victims of sexual assault. He went on to say he could not “in good conscience” work with the company any longer.
After Farrow publicly denounced the publishing house, Hachette employees walked out en-masse to protest the company’s relationship with the controversial director.
These significant controversies led Hachette to drop the memoir, citing concerns about supporting staff and creating an open environment.
Now, a new publisher released Woody Allen’s memoir ahead of schedule, but with little notice or advertising ahead of time. The decision prevented widespread backlash before the book’s release.
In a statement, Arcade editor Jeannette Seaver said “we as publishers prefer to give voice to a respected artist, rather than bow to those determined to silence him”
What Does the Memoir Cover?
The memoir covers Allen’s childhood, and some of his more high-profile relationships, including his marriage to Mia Farrow. The story will also cover the sexual abuse allegations made against him by his daughter, Dylan Farrow. Dylan Farrow was 7 years old at the time.
The book is dedicated to his wife, Farrow’s adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn.
Of the book, Arcade Publishing told The Associated Press, “The book is a candid and comprehensive personal account by Woody Allen of his life… ranging from his childhood in Brooklyn through his acclaimed career in film, theater, television, print and standup comedy, as well as exploring his relationships with family and friends.”
Ronan Farrow has yet to respond to the news. Any controversy this decision might bring for Arcade Publishing will likely be overshadowed by the all-consuming coronavirus news cycle.