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Speak at 15: Laurie Halse Anderson Talks Teens, Resilience Literature, and Censorship

April 16, 2014
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Speak at 15: Laurie Halse Anderson Talks Teens, Resilience Literature, and Censorship

With Laurie Halse Anderson’s frequently-challenged YA novel Speak reaching its 15th anniversary this year, the author is marking the occasion with a campaign called #Speak4RAINN15 which aims to raise $30,000 for the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. Recently she also sat down for an interview with Book Riot’s Kelly Jensen to talk about censorship,…

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The Bluest Eye Removed From Oklahoma High School Library Pending Review

April 15, 2014
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The Bluest Eye Removed From Oklahoma High School Library Pending Review

Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, which yesterday made the list of the top 10 most frequently banned and challenged books of 2013, is facing yet another challenge in Durant, Oklahoma. Parent Michelle Williams heard about the book via social media, where it has been caught up in controversy over the Common Core standards, and investigated…

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Jefferson Center Calls Out Free Speech Violations With 2014 Muzzle Awards

April 10, 2014
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Jefferson Center Calls Out Free Speech Violations With 2014 Muzzle Awards

It’s time once again for the Muzzle Awards, presented annually by the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression to “recognize” individuals or organizations that have committed egregious violations against free speech in the past year. This year the undignified winners include: The U.S. Department of Justice, for aggressively pursuing sources of government…

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Researchers Analyze Syrian Political Cartoons on Facebook

April 9, 2014
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Researchers Analyze Syrian Political Cartoons on Facebook

As we’ve seen many times over, political cartoons play an important role in fomenting rebellion against repressive governments. Because it’s often difficult or impossible to distribute them through traditional print media in their own countries, many cartoonists are now taking advantage of social media to share their work. Intrigued by this use of new platforms…

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Tilley to Present at C2E2, Holy Cross College Arts Day

April 8, 2014
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Tilley to Present at C2E2, Holy Cross College Arts Day

Heads up! CBLDF fave Carol Tilley, the University of Illinois professor and researcher who last year proved that anti-comics crusader Fredric Wertham fabricated evidence for his 1954 book Seduction of the Innocent, has a couple of upcoming appearances that may interest our readers in the Great Lakes region. First, Tilley will be speaking this Friday,…

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College of Charleston Student Valiantly Attempts to Reason With Lawmakers on Fun Home

April 7, 2014
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College of Charleston Student Valiantly Attempts to Reason With Lawmakers on Fun Home

We’re still waiting to find out how the South Carolina Senate will handle the House-approved budget which cuts funds from two public colleges for using LGBT-themed books, including Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, in freshman reading programs. In the meantime, we came across a College of Charleston student’s account of her attempt to defend the book…

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Reddit’s r/Books Pranks Users With April Fools’ Day Book Ban

April 3, 2014
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Reddit’s r/Books Pranks Users With April Fools’ Day Book Ban

When we heard on Tuesday that Reddit’s r/Books group was banning discussions of certain popular books, we knew better than to raise the alarm right away. The ban went into effect on April 1, after all, even though it was announced a few days prior. On the other hand, a few months back the moderators…

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First Salvos in the Culture Wars: Advancing American Art and the Comics Backlash

April 1, 2014
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First Salvos in the Culture Wars: Advancing American Art and the Comics Backlash

This week, we came across a very interesting art exhibit that recreates an exhibit that was censored in the late 1940s, around the same time that the backlash against comics was gathering steam in the U.S. Looking into the saga of Advancing American Art, the original exhibit organized by a cultural office within the federal…

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Barefoot Gen Reportedly Returned to Izumisano School Libraries

March 25, 2014
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Barefoot Gen Reportedly Returned to Izumisano School Libraries

We’re slowly getting more details on last week’s news that Keiji Nakazawa’s manga Barefoot Gen had been banned from yet another Japanese school district. According to major sources including Asahi Shimbun and Mainichi Shimbun, Izumisano City officials planned to return the book to school library shelves last Thursday, following a review of the content. Izumisano…

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Who’s Afraid of Fun Home?

March 21, 2014
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Who’s Afraid of Fun Home?

In light of the unprecedented and vindictive budget cut currently making its way through the South Carolina legislature as punishment for the College of Charleston encouraging (but not requiring) students to read Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, we thought we’d share a quick refresher on the other challenges the award-winning graphic novel has faced over the…

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