Nearly 270 Children's Authors, Illustrators Call for Repeal of North Carolina Law

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Veronica Roth; Jeff Kinney

'Divergent' writer Veronica Roth and 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' writer Jeff Kinney are among the signees of a letter objecting to legislation preventing specific anti-discrimination rules for LGBT people for public accommodations and restroom use.

Nearly 270 authors and illustrators of children's books have signed a letter calling for the immediate repeal of the new North Carolina law preventing specific anti-discrimination rules for LGBT people for public accommodations and restroom use.

The letter, which was posted on the School Library Journal website, said the 269 signees are "disappointed and angered by the reprehensible legislation" signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory. They are calling for the repeal of what they have labeled a "hateful piece of legislation."

Among the names on the list are authors Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson & the Olympians), Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) and Veronica Roth (Divergent).

The group also said it would have to consider participation in conferences and festivals in North Carolina while the law is in effect.

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