banned books

The festive ban list?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

UK printer company Printerinks chose the festive period to share this list of the great banned books of history – so that you can spend your time looking through your presents to see if any of them is on the ban list. You’ll find the expected – 1984 and Lady Chatterley’s [...]

Communist China ‘gags’ Hillary Clinton’s new book, Hard Choices

By Dan Bloom
July 1, 2014 // 3 Comments

Although “Hard Choices” by Hillary Clinton has been published already in a Chinese translation in the free and democratic nation of Taiwan, complete with front page newspaper coverage, communist Chinese publishers in Beijing have nixed publishing the account of Clinton’s four [...]

Missouri parents complain over sexual health book in school library

By Susan Lulgjuraj
May 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

Uh oh! We have another case of parents being outraged over a book. This time it takes place in Missouri where a sex education e-book is available to middle school children, according to USA Today. “Perfectly Normal” shows images of naked people and others engaged in sexual activity. The [...]

Handing out books in a park is not illegal — even in Idaho

By Susan Lulgjuraj
April 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is one of the most banned books in schools over the last couple of years. But one person went so far as to call the cops. While the story is a little old, it’s still fascinating. In the Meridan, Idaho school district, parents were [...]

Banned books on the rise in the U.S.

By Susan Lulgjuraj
December 26, 2013 // 3 Comments

There were several news stories that popped up about banned books in 2013. While I felt there more than usual, it could just have been the extra attention paid to these stories. Sometimes media coverage can skew how often events are actually happening. However, in this case, book banning seems to [...]

The Top Ten Challenged Books of 2012

By Joanna Cabot
April 17, 2013 // 4 Comments

Thanks to Jason Boog at GalleyCat for alerting me to this article from the American Library Association which, among other things, lists the top ten ‘challenged’ (aka ‘banned’) books of 2012. Here they are: • Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey • “The [...]

Books and Hypocrisy in America: One father's unique perspective

By Joanna Cabot
April 15, 2013 // 3 Comments

  The image above (also linked to here) has been making the social media rounds lately. Not much to say about it other than “I agree.” It reminds me of a documentary the Beloved and I have been watching on Netflix this week about a man who left the Neo-Nazi community and is trying [...]

More Amazon in the news

By Chris Meadows
November 19, 2012 // 4 Comments

I’ve been mostly away from my computer for the last few days, due to an early Thanksgiving visit with family. But I’ve been following the news while I’ve been gone, and there have been a few interesting items concerning Amazon. One is that, in the UK, Philip Jones reports that Amazon had to [...]

Banned Books Week celebrates 30 years of defiant reading

By Dan Eldridge
September 26, 2012 // 1 Comment

If you’ve never read a book specifically in celebration of Banned Books Week, you might want to consider rectifying that situation this Sunday, September 30, when the 30th anniversary of the proud literary tradition officially kicks off. I can still remember (more or less) when I first [...]

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