In regard to Allison Krzanowski’s decision to remove Junot Diaz’s books from the shelves of Quill Books & Beverage, the bookstore that she co-owns in Westbrook, because of his alleged assaults on women (May 7):

Does she plan to remove Edgar Allan Poe because he abused alcohol and drugs, and wrote scary stories with “triggering” titles like “The Tell-Tale Heart”? Or “Ending the Vietnam War” and Henry Kissinger’s many other books because his murderous war criminality might make her customers feel unsafe? Or “The Art of the Deal,” because its author, our president, seems bent on bedding every beauty he meets? Or Bill Clinton’s “My Life,” which touched on his adventure with Monica Lewinsky?

Please, Ms. Krzanowski, restore Junot Diaz to your shelves, and let your customers decide whether to buy his books. That’s how a civilized, democratic society is supposed to work.

Richard Pollak

Portland