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Communist China ‘gags’ Hillary Clinton’s new book, Hard Choices
July 1, 2014 | 6:25 pm

hard choicesAlthough "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 years as U.S. secretary of state. No English edition will be available in China. "Hard Choices" has also been removed from the communist country's Amazon site. "It's outrageous and unfortunate," Clinton's American editor Jonathan Karp said in a statement. "And it's a pretty clear indication of the low level of intellectual freedom in China right now." Well, what did anyone expect?...

Lithuanian officials find LGBT “tolerance promoting fairy tales harmful to minors”
May 27, 2014 | 4:35 pm

Gintarine SirdisAccording to Lithuanian reports, the Lithuanian Office of the Inspector of Journalist Ethics has ruled that a book of fairy stories Gintarinė širdis (“Amber heart”) by local author Neringa Dangvydė, which includes same-sex relationships and other LGBT-friendly themes contains "harmful, primitive and purposeful propaganda of homosexuality," as well as "encouraging the concept of entry into a marriage and creation of a family other than stipulated in the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania and the Civil Code of the Republic of Lithuania," and being "harmful, invasive, direct and manipulative." The Office therefore declared that the book should be marked under...

Missouri parents complain over sexual health book in school library
May 7, 2014 | 4:25 pm

NormalUh 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 book’s cover states it’s about “changing bodies, growing up, sex and sexual health.” The book has been around for more than a decade and has received its share of criticism and praise. The book states it’s for children 10 and up, but some parents do not find this acceptable for children of that age...

Handing out books in a park is not illegal — even in Idaho
April 27, 2014 | 1:25 pm

alexieSherman 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 able to get Alexie’s book removed from reading lists, according to The Daily Dot, a move that seemed to only embolden local teenagers. They petitioned to bring the book back, but in the meantime, Boise’s Rediscovered Books raised money to buy copies of the book for the 350...

Banned books on the rise in the U.S.
December 26, 2013 | 6:31 pm

banned booksThere 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 be on the rise in the United States, according to Kids’ Right to Read Project in a story in The Guardian. The KRRP is an anti-censorship group that is part of the National Coalition Against Censorship. According to the group, it investigated 49 incidents of book banning or removals from shelves in...

The Top Ten Challenged Books of 2012
April 17, 2013 | 4:40 pm

booksThanks 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 Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” by Sherman Alexie • “Thirteen Reasons Why,” by Jay Asher • “Fifty Shades of Grey,” by E. L. James • “And Tango Makes Three,” by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell • “The Kite Runner,” by Khaled Hosseini • “Looking for Alaska,” by John Green • Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz • “The Glass Castle,” by Jeannette Walls • “Beloved,” by Toni Morrison By far the most popular listed reason for the...

Books and Hypocrisy in America: One father’s unique perspective
April 15, 2013 | 10:15 am

books   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 to start his life over again. One of the things that disillusioned him about that community was the hypocrisy—the leaders would preach that they were doing whatever they did "for the children," but the rate of domestic violence in that community was staggeringly high. What this picture is...

More Amazon in the news
November 19, 2012 | 8:29 pm

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 answer to Parliament last week concerning its habit of basing its UK business in Luxembourg where it can fulfill orders without having to charge the sizable UK value-added tax (or what we in the US call sales tax) on it orders. Jones notes that there seemed to be...

Banned Books Week celebrates 30 years of defiant reading
September 26, 2012 | 10:47 pm

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 learned about Banned Books Week: I was probably 11 or 12—Isaac Asimov and the Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature were my big obsessions at the time. A Banned Books Week poster was hanging on the wall outside my elementary school's library, and next to it was a glass case with shelves inside, and stacked on the...