Some reflections by Nick Burd, an author whose book had been challenged:
The language of the censor is the language of the tyrant, the absolutist, the one with no vision. It is the antithesis of art because it assumes that there is only one perspective, one reality, and that anything that fails to rhyme with it is a sin against nature. But the real sin against nature is to suffocate personal truths and experiences with wobbly doctrine and to disguise it as morally just. Art— particularly literature—exists to show us there are as many worlds as there are people. Each of these worlds come with its own laws. These laws vary from person to person, but if there is one that they have in common it is to share your truth. We owe it to our humanity and our short time among other humans to respect the truths that are shared with us. – Nick Burd
Sharing Your Truth | PEN American Center.
Robert Penn Warren’s All the King’s Men, [...] was challenged in Dallas, TX in 1974 for depicting a “depressing view of life” and “immoral situations.”
The Millions – Google+ – In honor of +Banned Books Week we’ll be looking at authors….
A school board in North Carolina has decided to erase Ralph Ellison‘s Invisible Man from its reading lists and library shelves following a parental complaint which claimed, among other things, that the book was not “innocent” enough for “young children.”
North Carolina School District bans Invisible Man | MobyLives.
A group of high school librarians in Minnesota loved Eleanor & Park so much that they chose it as their school district’s summer read, giving all their high school students the option to read it – and invited Rowell to come visit the Minneapolis-area schools and the local public library this fall.
But there are some who do not love it, not even a little bit, not even at all.
Talking With Rainbow Rowell About Censorship.