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Wallingford Superintendent Refuses to Back Down on Perks Ban

March 26, 2015
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Wallingford Superintendent Refuses to Back Down on Perks Ban

The superintendent of schools in Wallingford, Connecticut, is doubling down on his decision to overrule a review committee’s recommendation and remove Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower from the district’s curriculum. After receiving local and national criticism for the ban, including a letter from CBLDF and other members of NCAC’s Kids’ Right to…

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Cartooning Flourishes in Myanmar’s New Independent Media

March 26, 2015
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Cartooning Flourishes in Myanmar’s New Independent Media

The nation of Myanmar has only had an independent press for three years, since the longtime military junta began transitioning to a civilian government. In that short time, though, a new generation of cartoonists has arisen to document and respond to the bumps and triumphs on the road to democracy. While they’re still on the…

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CBLDF Joins Growing Opposition to Perks of Being a Wallflower Ban

March 23, 2015
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CBLDF Joins Growing Opposition to Perks of Being a Wallflower Ban

Following last week’s news that the Superintendent of Schools in Wallingford, CT had removed Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower from the curriculum despite a review committee recommendation to keep it, CBLDF has joined with five other members of the National Coalition Against Censorship’s Kids’ Right to Read Project in protesting the decision.…

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Tintin in America Removed from Winnipeg Library Pending Review

March 23, 2015
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Tintin in America Removed from Winnipeg Library Pending Review

The 1932 Belgian comic Tintin in America has run into trouble in Winnipeg, Canada, this past week, first when it was temporarily pulled from the sales floor of a Chapters bookstore and then when it was removed from the city’s library system, perhaps never to return. Some First Nations activists say the book should not…

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Sherman Alexie: Censorship Sends Book Sales Rocketing

March 17, 2015
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Sherman Alexie: Censorship Sends Book Sales Rocketing

Nearly a year after his book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian was temporarily banned from a supplemental reading list in a Boise-area school district, Sherman Alexie last week spoke before a capacity crowd of 800 at the city’s Egyptian Theatre. He had a message for would-be censors across the nation: Their efforts…

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Rio Rancho Public Schools to Observe Challenge Policy for Palomar

March 16, 2015
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Rio Rancho Public Schools to Observe Challenge Policy for Palomar

Good news out of Rio Rancho, New Mexico: Despite a school district official’s initial assessment last month that Gilbert Hernandez’s Palomar was “clearly inappropriate” for a high school library collection, it has been confirmed that the district will follow its challenge policy with a committee review of the book beginning this week. News coverage of…

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French Court to Hear Lawsuit Over Facebook Block of Nude Painting

March 16, 2015
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French Court to Hear Lawsuit Over Facebook Block of Nude Painting

Recently, a Parisian court assented to hear the case of a French primary school teacher who is suing Facebook after his account was suspended in 2011 for posting an image of Gustave Courbet’s notorious painting L’Origine du monde, which shows a closeup of a woman’s nether regions. While this may initially appear to be a…

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Four Decades Later, Anarchist Cookbook Still Haunts Author

March 12, 2015
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Four Decades Later, Anarchist Cookbook Still Haunts Author

In a recent article for Harper’s Magazine, Gabriel Thompson took an in-depth look at the fascinating history of one of the most controversial books in recent memory: The Anarchist Cookbook by William Powell. The 1971 how-to manual for everything from bombs to drugs has tested the boundaries of free expression since its publication, but as…

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See the Early Days of CBLDF in Comic Book People 2

March 10, 2015
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See the Early Days of CBLDF in Comic Book People 2

Hot on the heels of last year’s Comic Book People: Photographs from the 1970s and 1980s, industry mainstay and Eisner Award administrator Jackie Estrada is gearing up for Comic Book People 2: Photographs from the 1990s – but she needs your help to make it happen! Check out the Kickstarter campaign, ending this Friday. Among…

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Mosul Book Burning Recalls Cultural Genocides of Centuries Past

March 4, 2015
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Mosul Book Burning Recalls Cultural Genocides of Centuries Past

In light of the devastating news last week that Islamic State extremists apparently burned part or all of the public library collection in the Iraqi city of Mosul, CBLDF general counsel Robert Corn-Revere contributed a comprehensive overview of book burnings throughout history that was published on the Daily Beast. From the destruction of the great…

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