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Archive for the 'Censorship' Category

Mon, July 30th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Anne Elizabeth Moore
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

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? […]


Wed, November 24th, 2010
Weeklings: Literary Elephantiasis, Stefhaufmannchen, Forbidden Books, Bad Sex, and Tintin as You’ve Never Seen Him Before
Posted by: Keir Graff

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 […]


Mon, June 22nd, 2009
Reading with Scissors
Posted by: Keir Graff

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 […]


Wed, May 27th, 2009
Do British publishers want to protect their rear ends—or their bottom lines?
Posted by: Keir Graff

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 […]


Thu, May 14th, 2009
It’s a Freakin’ Myracle
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

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, […]


Fri, April 24th, 2009
Judith Krug: Readers’ Champion
Posted by: Ilene Cooper

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 […]


Wed, April 22nd, 2009
Judith Krug Memorial
Posted by: Keir Graff

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


Mon, April 13th, 2009
Judith Krug, R.I.P.
Posted by: Keir Graff

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 […]


Fri, February 13th, 2009
Quickly: Banning Books, Speaking Freely, Faking Memoirs, Stealing Books, Feeling Sorry
Posted by: Keir Graff

And what a week it was. All right, fine: weeks. A few miscellaneous links I can’t delete without sharing . . . . The editorial board of the New York Times makes a good point (“Banning Books in Miami“): The Miami-Dade School Board’s decision is not only unconstitutional, it is counterproductive. If the board wants […]


Fri, January 16th, 2009
Buying Reviews and Undropping F-Bombs
Posted by: Keir Graff

An update on David Carnoy’s Knife Music: just before New Year’s, I noticed a review of the book in Kirkus Discoveries. The review praises the pacing and prose, and sums up by calling it a ”gripping thriller debut that is just what the doctor ordered.” A review almost any writer would kill for–and which any writer can apply […]





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