Monthly Archives: May 2012

Talking “Dark” YA Lit with Terry Trueman

Discussing the “dark” qualities of YA books and their strong language is much in vogue of late. Yes, books can“scar” you–in that they effect you, they leave their mark, they cause an emotional reaction that sticks with you after you’ve … Continue reading

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“Fifty Shades” of Free Speech FTW!

Three weeks ago, the National Coalition Against Censorship heard that the bestselling erotic novel had been unceremoniously pulled from library shelves in Brevard County, FL, supposedly at the prerogative of one individual. There had been no complaints by patrons–on the contrary, many … Continue reading

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NCAC Opposition to “Fifty Shades” Ban Big in the News

The meteoric sales of Fifty Shades of Grey and its subsequent banning from public libraries around the country–in particular in Brevard County, FL, has been all over the news this week. One of the most notable of the media pick-ups was … Continue reading

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Art, Porn and Censorship: the Mansfield Art Center (OH) Covers up Painting

A painting, included in a juried exhibition show at the Mansfield Art Center in Ohio, was partially covered with black paper. The painting had been selected for inclusion in the show, but the management of the Art Center decided that the … Continue reading

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Goodbye Jean Craighead George, “Julie of the Wolves” author

It’s been a rough week for the world of arts and letters–Maurice Sendak, Carlos Fuentes, now Donna Summer. And the great and prolific author Jean Craighead George, who died yesterday at the age of 92. I doubt Craighead George’s name … Continue reading

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Three Cheers for Broken Arrow School Board!

After a busy week working to fight back against book bans and challenges, we were thrilled to see some good news. A Tulsa school district recently heard a parent’s challenge to the book Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford.  The … Continue reading

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The So-Not-Dirty Cowboy Author Speaks

We were able to chat yesterday with Amy Timberlake, the author of The Dirty Cowboy, (illustrated by Adam Rex). The book that has been at the center of a censorship debate outside of Hershey, P.A.. Two parents of a child … Continue reading

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NCAC Interview: Linda Tyndall Fights for “Fifty Shades”

When Linda Tyndall heard that copies of the best-selling novel Fifty Shades of Grey had been removed from the Brevard County Public Libraries, she was concerned and decided to take action. Her petition on Change.org has over 1,600 signatures. Tomorrow, … Continue reading

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Video: “Fifty Shades of Grey” Fans Speak Out Against Library Ban

We spoke to fans of Fifty Shades of Grey about libraries that have banned their beloved trilogy, and erotica in general. This video was shot at an appearance by Grey author E.L. James at the Union Square Barnes & Noble … Continue reading

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Bring Fifty Shades of Grey Back to Brevard County

E.L. James’ erotic romance novel Fifty Shades of Grey first made headlines as a phenomenal best-seller, topping the Amazon.com, New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists at 3 million copies sold. Now, not surprisingly, the book is getting attention for … Continue reading

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