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Mon, October 1st, 2007
Everybody Loves Romano
Posted by: Keir Graff

This weekend at the Philadelpha Inquirer, Carlin Romano had worthwhile takes on two issues that have spawned a lot of read-alike opinion pieces. First, banned books (“There, in the mirror – a book banner!“): Pardon me, though, if I swing the camera this year and focus on another culprit in book banning. The mass media. Which books do they ban? […]


Thu, September 27th, 2007
Free People Read Freely
Posted by: Keir Graff

A good start to Banned Books Week, which begins on Saturday (“Prisons to Restore Purged Religious Books,” by Neela Banerjee, New York Times): WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 – Facing pressure from religious groups, civil libertarians and members of Congress, the federal Bureau of Prisons has decided to return religious materials that had been purged from prison chapel libraries because […]


Tue, August 28th, 2007
Banned Books Week Read-Out!
Posted by: Keir Graff

Speaking of OIF, if you’re going to be in Chicago on Saturday, September 29, 2007, here’s where you should be between 1 and 4 p.m.: As part of the 26th annual celebration of Banned Books Week, the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, the McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum, and the Newberry Library are holding a Banned […]


Wed, August 22nd, 2007
Oi! I mean, OIF!
Posted by: Keir Graff

There are a lot of great things about working for Booklist. One of them is that I work down the hall from the Office for Intellectual Freedom. How cool is that? Not to rub it in, but I’ll bet you don’t have an Office for Intellectual Freedom at your workplace. They have lots of good […]


Fri, July 20th, 2007
Not All Americans Are Prudes
Posted by: Keir Graff

But some of them are, and some of them work in publishing. From The Independent (“Author’s nude drawings too hot for US publisher,” by Tony Paterson): One of Germany’s best-selling children’s authors is embroiled in an extraordinary transatlantic row about nudity after a US publisher refused to accept one of her books because it contained […]


Wed, July 18th, 2007
Billions of blue blistering barnacles!
Posted by: Keir Graff

Over at Soft Skull Press, Richard Eoin Nash offers some context on the politics of Tintin, in the form of an excerpt from the book, Tintin and the Secret of Literature. (It was first published in the UK by Granta; Soft Skull will offer the U.S. edition.) When the book was  written, Tintin in the […]


Tue, July 17th, 2007
Tintin in the United States
Posted by: Keir Graff

From the Tintin desk: Borders stores in the U.S. will also move Tintin in the Congo to the graphic novels section. From Publishers Weekly (“Borders Shelves Kids’ Tintin Title in Adult Section, by Karen Holt”): Borders in the U.S. released a statement about the book after PW raised the issue  last week. Spokesperson Ann Binkley […]


Mon, July 16th, 2007
Funny, She Doesn’t Look Like a Corruptor of Children’s Minds
Posted by: Keir Graff

On AL Focus, Beverly Goldberg talks to Susan Patron about the scrotum flap brouhaha: Susan Patron’s book “The Higher Power of Lucky” became known for two things in the past year: winning the 2007 ALA Newberry Medal, and being at the center of an uproar when some school librarians removed the book because it contained […]


Fri, July 13th, 2007
Tintin in the United Kingdom
Posted by: Keir Graff

In London, a customer’s outrage has caused Borders to pull Tintin in the Congo from the children’s section of its UK stores. (That the customer was a human-rights lawyer is probably incidental.) From the Associated Press (“Borders stores in UK shelve Tintin book,” by Raphael G. Satter): David Enright, a London-based human-rights lawyer, was shopping at Borders with his […]





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