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Reading Without Walls: A Conversation with Gene Luen Yang

April 2, 2017
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Reading Without Walls: A Conversation with Gene Luen Yang

This month, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang officially ushers in the permanent annual version of his Reading Without Walls challenge. Recently Yang sat down with CBLDF Editorial Director Betsy Gomez to talk about the challenge and the importance of diverse voices in literature. BG: All right, this is Betsy Gomez, the Editorial Director…

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Podcast: Censorship Can Happen to Anyone

October 13, 2016
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In the latest edition of the American Libraries Dewey Decibel Podcast, Phil Morehart led ALA director James LaRue, school librarian Sara Stevenson, and acclaimed author Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis) in a discussion of the tough topic of censorship in American schools and libraries. None of those interviewed is a stranger to book challenges. As the director of the American Library…

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Gene Yang on “Reading Without Walls”

August 11, 2016
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Since being selected as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, comics creator Gene Luen Yang has hit the ground running, encouraging young readers to break out of their literary comfort zone to explore “Reading Without Walls.” In a recent interview with Education Week, Yang talks about the benefits and value to diversifying reading lists and…

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Brownstein Featured on Products of the Mind Podcast

July 22, 2016
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Brownstein Featured on Products of the Mind Podcast

This week, CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein sat down with business law strategist David Lizerbram for the latest episode of the Products of the Mind podcast. In the 50-minute interview, the two discuss Brownstein’s comics background, landmark free-speech cases, book challenges in school libraries, and more! Lizerbram’s Products of the Mind is a weekly podcast…

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Chinese Cartoonist Speaks Out About Censorship

July 19, 2016
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Chinese Cartoonist Speaks Out About Censorship

For over a year, Chinese cartoonist Wang Liming (best known as Rebel Pepper) has been living in exile in Japan after landing in hot water with the Chinese government for his subversive and highly controversial cartoons. In a recent interview with Index on Censorship, the artist talks about censorship in his home country and how…

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Free Speech in a Connected World

June 17, 2016
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In a recent sit-down with Index on Censorship, Timothy Garton Ash, author and professor of European Studies at Oxford University, talked about his new book Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World and the increasing need for freedom of expression in a world that is shrinking day-by-day due to technological advancements. Garton Ash has dedicated…

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Japanese Artist Rokudenashiko: “My Body is Not an Obscenity”

June 10, 2016
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Japanese cartoonist Rokudenashiko recently celebrated the release of her new book What is Obscenity? The Story of a Good For Nothing Artist and her Pussy by challenging claims by the Japanese government that her art, and subsequently her body, is obscene. In a recent interview with The Globe and Mail, the artist, whose real name is Megumi…

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Egyptian Indie Cartoonists: “The Pencil is a Tool Which All Dictators Hate”

June 7, 2016
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Egyptian Indie Cartoonists: “The Pencil is a Tool Which All Dictators Hate”

The independent comics scene in Egypt is flourishing as more and more young adults find freedom of expression through the power of the pen. This is definitely the case for Cairo-based twin cartoonists Mohamed and Haitham El-Seht, who recently sat down with designboom to discuss how comics have empowered them to speak out about social…

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Herblock Prize Recipient on Political Cartoons and Free Speech

June 1, 2016
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Political cartoonist, self-proclaimed “free speech absolutist,” and recipient of the 2016 Herblock Prize, Mark Fiore recently sat down with The Washington Post to talk about the award as well as how he is using his craft to push the boundaries of freedom of expression. Fiore is best known for his unique animated political cartoons. From…

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Babymouse Creators Talk About the Power of Comics for Young Readers

May 24, 2016
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Award-winning creators and free speech advocates Jennifer and Matthew Holm are very familiar with the positive and lasting impact that graphic novels can have on young children learning to read. In a recent interview with the School Library Journal the sibling team talk about not only what inspired them to create books like Babymouse and…

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