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Perks of Being a Wallflower Banned in Florida Middle School

May 24, 2016
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Perks of Being a Wallflower Banned in Florida Middle School

A review committee in Pasco County, Florida voted to ban Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower from a middle school yesterday after two parents complained about the book’s references to sex, drugs, and drinking. Pending further district-wide review, the book could be banned from the high school curriculum as well. The book had…

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CBLDF Joins Defense of This One Summer in MN School

May 24, 2016
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CBLDF Joins Defense of This One Summer in MN School

CBLDF this week signed on to a letter from the National Coalition Against Censorship’s Kids’ Right to Read Project urging the school district in Henning, Minnesota, to restore Jillian and Mariko Tamaki’s graphic novel This One Summer to library shelves, and to draft an objective policy for handling challenges to library materials. The critically-acclaimed book was…

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Iranian Cartoonists’ Association Becomes Tool for “Suppression and Prevention”

May 19, 2016
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Iranian Cartoonists’ Association Becomes Tool for “Suppression and Prevention”

Iran’s House of Cartoon is currently hosting a deliberately provocative Holocaust Cartoon Contest, which organizers say is intended in part to test the boundaries of free expression in the opposite extreme from the Muhammad caricatures in Charlie Hebdo and events like the Pamela Geller-organized contest that was attacked by gunmen in Garland, Texas, last year.…

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Michigan Dad Wants Book About Dress-Wearing Boy Banned from School

May 17, 2016
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Michigan Dad Wants Book About Dress-Wearing Boy Banned from School

Michigan’s Forest Hills Public School District is standing by a book about a boy who likes to wear dresses, despite one parent’s complaint that it does not present a “normal way” of life. A teacher read Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress to a third-grade class because students had been asking questions about “people [who]…

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Writers and Readers Come Together to Support Jailed Egyptian Novelist

May 12, 2016
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Writers and Readers Come Together to Support Jailed Egyptian Novelist

In a letter sent this week to Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, PEN America and more than 120 writers and artists from around the world demanded the release of novelist Ahmed Naji, currently sentenced to two years in prison for “violating public modesty” with an excerpt from his book Use of Life. Meanwhile, supporters will…

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Japanese “Vagina Kayak” Artist Fined for Distributing 3D Plans Online

May 10, 2016
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Japanese “Vagina Kayak” Artist Fined for Distributing 3D Plans Online

A Japanese court yesterday imposed a fine of 400,000 yen (about $3,667) on artist Megumi Igarashi for distributing 3D plans of her own genitals via the Internet. The plans were among the premiums in her crowdfunding campaign, which raised money for her project to construct a full-size “vagina kayak.” Igarashi, who works under the pseudonym…

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Eisner Grants Support Graphic Novels in Libraries

May 9, 2016
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Eisner Grants Support Graphic Novels in Libraries

Libraries in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and Columbia, South Carolina, were recently chosen as the winners of the 2016 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries, funded by the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation and administered by the American Library Association. Each library will receive $2,000 to develop its graphic novel collections, $1,000 to…

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Zunar and Gado Win Cartooning for Peace Prize

May 6, 2016
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Zunar and Gado Win Cartooning for Peace Prize

In recognition of their respective fights against censorship and repressive governments, political cartoonists Zunar and Gado have been jointly awarded the biennial International Editorial Cartoons Prize from the organization Cartooning for Peace. In conjunction with the prize, their work and that of many other cartoonists from around the world is on display in Geneva, Switzerland,…

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This One Summer Banned in Minnesota School

May 5, 2016
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This One Summer Banned in Minnesota School

The award-winning and critically acclaimed graphic novel This One Summer by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki has been banned from the single K-12 school in the small town of Henning, Minnesota. According to the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, the Henning School District has no policy on challenges to library materials, but school administrators…

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U.S. State Department No Fan of Manga and Anime

May 4, 2016
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U.S. State Department No Fan of Manga and Anime

The U.S. Department of State recently joined the United Nations in suggesting that Japan should restrict certain types of manga and anime, condemning what it calls “unfettered availability of sexually explicit cartoons, comics, and video games, some of which depicted scenes of violent sexual abuse and the rape of children.” The statement came in the…

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