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Why Musa Kart is an Optimist and Americans Can’t Afford to be

May 11, 2018
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“I believe in Turkey. I believe for Turks there is no night that lasts forever. Also in Turkey the daylight will return.” – Musa Kart Political Cartoonist, Musa Kart was honored for his bravery in the face of government oppression with the 2018 International Press Cartoon Prize by the Swiss Foundation Cartooning for Peace. This…

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Nate Powell & Charles Brownstein Talk March in NYC!

May 9, 2018
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Nate Powell & Charles Brownstein Talk March in NYC!

Nate Powell, the artist of Congressman John Lewis’s graphic novel memoir March was on hand at Society of Illustrators in New York last Friday to walk CBLDF members through his work as part of The Art of March: A Civil Rights Masterpiece, co-curated by CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein and John Lind. Read on for audio…

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Equatorial Guinea Won’t Let Ramón Esono Ebalé Leave

May 9, 2018
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Equatorial Guinea Won’t Let Ramón Esono Ebalé Leave

Ramòn Esono Ebalè, the political cartoonist falsely imprisoned in Equatorial Guinea for over five months, continues to be held in the country awaiting his passport renewal. It has been over two months since the one day trial of Ebalè, where the prosecutor asked for the charges to be dropped due to lack of evidence. The…

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CBLDF’s Charles Brownstein Talks Library Resources and Comics for Kids

May 8, 2018
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CBLDF’s Charles Brownstein Talks Library Resources and Comics for Kids

CBLDF’s Executive Director Charles Brownstein took some time to sit down with Justin Azevedo fromThe Association for Library Service to Children’s Blog. The ALSC is a network of more than 4,000 children’s and youth librarians, children’s literature experts, publishers, and many others involved with with children and literature who share the belief that exceptional library…

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Last Week to Apply for Banned Books Grants!

May 7, 2018
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Last Week to Apply for Banned Books Grants!

There’s one week left to apply for a 2018 Judith F. Krug Fund Banned Books Week grant! Each year Freedom to Read Foundation distributes grants to non-profit organizations to support activities that raise awareness of intellectual freedom and censorship issues during the annual Banned Books Week celebration. Libraries, schools, universities, and community organizations are encouraged…

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Tonight! CBLDF Invites You to MARCH, a Special Reception for Supporters of Free Expression

May 4, 2018
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Tonight! CBLDF Invites You to MARCH, a Special Reception for Supporters of Free Expression

  The Art of MARCH: Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Reception May 4 – 6:30 – 9PM Do not miss this unique opportunity to join Nate Powell, artist of the National Book Award-winning MARCH trilogy at a special reception for The Art of MARCH: A Civil Rights Masterpiece on tonight, Friday, May 4. Powell will be…

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Help the CBLDF Defend Comics on Free Comic Book Day!

May 4, 2018
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Help the CBLDF Defend Comics on Free Comic Book Day!

This Saturday, May 5th, people will gather at comic book shops around the world to celebrate Free Comic Book Day! Don’t forget to pick up CBLDF’s Defend Comics, featuring a special Reading Without Walls cover by Gene Luen Yang! This year’s comic has stories the whole family can enjoy together, with tales by Jorge Aguirre and…

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2 Oregon School Districts Leave Reading Competition Over Trans Character

May 2, 2018
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2 Oregon School Districts Leave Reading Competition Over Trans Character

Two Oregon School districts have determined that they will not allow 3rd – 5th graders to participate in Oregon’s Battle of the Books this year, due to the inclusion of Alex Gino’s frequently contested book about a trans child, George. Oregon’s Battle of the Books is an entirely elective program designed to encourage children’s literacy,…

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Celebrate Children’s Book Week!

May 1, 2018
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Celebrate Children’s Book Week!

This week, April 30 – May 6th, is the annual celebration of children’s literacy, Children’s Book Week. A massive celebration each year that has events at libraries, bookstores, schools, and comic shops around the country! If you want to participate at home check out their website and download the beautiful reading poster designed by award-winning…

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Freedom of Press Facing Global Deterioration

April 30, 2018
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Freedom of Press Facing Global Deterioration

Last week, Reporters Without Borders released the 2018 World Press Freedom Index, and increasingly it seems that Freedom of the Press is under attack globally. The report demonstrates “growing animosity towards journalists. Hostility towards the media, openly encouraged by political leaders, and the efforts of authoritarian regimes to export their vision of journalism pose a…

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