Tag: censorship

Three Bombs, Two Lips, and a Martini Glass Revisited
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Three Bombs, Two Lips, and a Martini Glass Revisited

This editorial, by longtime Book Links columnist and Booklist contributor Pat Scales, appeared in the August 2010 issue of Booklist in response to Common Sense Media’s practice of labeling books by controversial content. Recent discussions on ALSC-L about this organization, and why the American Library Association doesn’t work with them, have prompted us to reprint Pat’s essay here. […]

Things They Don’t Want You to Read: A Pre-Banned Books Week Roundup

Things They Don’t Want You to Read: A Pre-Banned Books Week Roundup

In this enlightened age, surely Banned Books Week has become passé. Just kidding! There are still piles of books that have people clutching their pearls all around the world. Let’s see what’s in the news, just in time for Banned Books Week 2015 (Sept. 27–Oct. 3):   NEWS FLASH: WOMEN HAVE CERVIXES; STDS CAN CAUSE […]

Hostile Questions: Anne Elizabeth Moore

Hostile Questions: Anne Elizabeth Moore

Typically I start these things by listing a few accomplishments of the so-called “author.” Y’know, like: Anne Elizabeth Moore was co-editor and publisher of Punk Planet, founding editor of The Best American Comics, and is the author of Cambodian Grrrl. But, really, do you think I have all day for typing and hotlinking and whatnot? […]

Weeklings: Literary Elephantiasis, Stefhaufmannchen, Forbidden Books, Bad Sex, and Tintin as You've Never Seen Him Before
By November 24, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Weeklings: Literary Elephantiasis, Stefhaufmannchen, Forbidden Books, Bad Sex, and Tintin as You've Never Seen Him Before

A quick roundup of the last week and a half before I don my camouflage coverall, smear my face with dirt, and go hunting for wild turkeys with my bare hands. Just kidding–who am I, Ted Nugent? Good old cranky Robert McCrum–why, he even scowls in his headshot! Last week, took books to task for ballooning […]

Reading with Scissors

Reading with Scissors

The Chicago Tribune reports on a case of book-phobia that’s not all that far from ALA headquarters: Antioch, Illinois (“Some parents seek to ban ‘The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian’,” by Ruth Fuller). According to the story: Some parents of incoming freshmen at Antioch High School want an assigned summer reading book pulled […]

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Do British publishers want to protect their rear ends—or their bottom lines?

Do British publishers want to protect their rear ends—or their bottom lines?

After getting a ton of ink in 2008 (much of it electric ink right here at Likely Stories), Sherry Jones’ controversial Jewel of Medina hasn’t made much news this year. Now, however, in a story with a tabloid-worthy headline (“Muhammad child bride novel author condemns UK ‘censorship’,” by Alison Flood) The Guardian reports that Jones “has […]

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It’s a Freakin’ Myracle

It’s a Freakin’ Myracle

In a former life, I interviewed movie stars. I can tell you what Russell Crowe smells like, what Neve Campbell drinks, and what Ben Kingsley would really rather be talking about. But here’s the main revelation: hanging out with movie stars, as it turns out, is kind of a drag. Which is why, these days, […]

Judith Krug: Readers' Champion

Judith Krug: Readers' Champion

When Judith Krug died on April 11, the children’s and young adult literature communities lost both a tireless supporter and a defender. As the director of the Office of Intellectual Freedom and the founder of Banned Books Week, Judith was on the front lines helping libraries keep books in their collections, everything from Harry Potter to […]

Judith Krug Memorial
By April 22, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

Judith Krug Memorial

Greg Landgraf assembled this video, which was played at this morning’s memorial for Judith Krug. Well worth your while.

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Judith Krug, R.I.P.
By April 13, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

Judith Krug, R.I.P.

Arrived at work this morning to find an e-mail from Keith Michael Fiels, ALA’s executive director, announcing the death of Judith Krug, the founder of Banned Books Week and the director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom. There’s a brief note on AP (“Judith Krug, founder of Banned Books Week, dies“); click “read the rest of […]

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