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Banned Books Week, 2013: Good News! Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man is back on the Shelves

Wednesday night, the Randolph County School Board reversed its ban on Ralph Ellison’s novel Invisible Man, just nine days after they had removed the book from school library shelves. The vote was six to one. Only board member Gary Mason deemed the book “not appropriate for young teenagers,” according to David Zucchino of the Los Angeles Times.

School board relents: Invisible Man is “vulgar,” but it’s back on the shelves | MobyLives.

Banned Books Week, 2013: There were 464 challenges in 2012

There were 464 challenges, as reported by the Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association, in 2012.

This book was #2 on the list:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie.
Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group

Just so you know.

Frequently challenged books of the 21st century | ala.org/bbooks.

Banned Books Week, 2013: Nick Burd, author, reflects on his work being challenged

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.