Posts Tagged ‘ novel ’

Egyptian Author Goes Back to Court for “Harming Public Morality”

January 19, 2016
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Page from Use of Life

Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji and newspaper editor Tarek e-Taher are going back to court to be retried for allegedly “harming public morality” just a few short weeks after being acquitted of the same charges. Naji and el-Taher were first brought to court last November after a 65-year-old man claimed that an excerpt of the author’s…

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Lawyer Challenges Egyptian Constitution over Racy Excerpt

December 15, 2015
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Ahmed Naji

This past weekend, Egyptian writer Ahmed Naji went to court to face charges that an excerpt of his novel The Use of Life violates decency laws. Naji is facing a two-year jail sentence and a 10,000 Egyptian pound ($1,245) fine, but Naji’s lawyer Nasser Amin isn’t making it easy for the prosecutors to defend their…

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Egyptian Novelist Sent to Court for Racy Excerpt

November 13, 2015
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Ahmed Naji

Egyptian writer Ahmed Naji faces up to two years in prison and a fine of 10,000 Egyptian pounds (approximately $1,245) for the publication of an excerpt of his novel The Use of Life, which an Egyptian prosecutor considers too racy and a detriment to public health. In an article for ArabLit.org, Elisabetta Rossi explains that…

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The Color Purple Remains in North Carolina Classrooms

January 6, 2014
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The Color Purple Remains in North Carolina Classrooms

Throughout December, a parent in Brunswick County, North Carolina, waged a war against Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Color Purple. That war has been lost with the recent decision by the school board to retain the book in 11th and 12th grade advanced placement courses. CBLDF joined a coalition led by CBLDF-sponsored Kids’…

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Petition Challenges School District’s Attempt to Ban Books

December 24, 2013
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A petition on Change.org came to CBLDF’s attention this week. The petition challenges a proposed policy in the Muhlenberg School District in Reading, Pennsylvania, that would require all teachers in the district “to read and check each [book] for violence, language, sexual intensity, etc. and whatever they deem as ‘inappropriate’ will be taken out of…

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Defending Alice Walker’s The Color Purple

December 20, 2013
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CBLDF Joins Coalition Defending Alice Walker’s The Color Purple

For the last month, a parent in Brunswick County, North Carolina, has been waging a war against Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Color Purple. CBLDF has joined a coalition led by CBLDF-sponsored Kids’ Right to Read Project to send a letter in support of the book. CBLDF joins coalition efforts like this one…

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Board Votes Unanimously to Keep The House of the Spirits After Appeal

December 16, 2013
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Board Votes Unanimously to Keep The House of the Spirits After Appeal

Recently, CBLDF joined a coalition led by CBLDF-sponsored Kids’ Right to Read Project in defense of  Isabel Allende’s The House of Spirits, which was challenged in North Carolina. A second review committee convened and unanimously voted to keep the book in classrooms. CBLDF joins coalition efforts like this one to protect the freedom to read…

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Bless Me, Ultima Returned to Idaho Classrooms with Emotional Apology

December 10, 2013
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Bless Me, Ultima Returned to Idaho Classrooms with Emotional Apology

Last night, the school board for the Teton School District in Driggs, Idaho, met to discuss Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me, Ultima, which had been removed from classrooms by School District Superintendent Monte Woolstenhulme. During the meeting, Woolstenhulme called for an immediate reinstatement of the novel, citing his acting outside of school policy in removing it.…

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CBLDF Signs Letter Defending Bless Me, Ultima

December 9, 2013
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CBLDF Signs Letter Defending Bless Me, Ultima

CBLDF has joined a coalition led by CBLDF-sponsored Kids’ Right to Read Project to send a letter to the school board of the Teton School District in Driggs, Idaho, to defend Rudolfo Anaya’s acclaimed coming of age tale, Bless Me, Ultima. CBLDF joins coalition efforts like this one to protect the freedom to read comics.…

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Absolutely True Diary Pulled From Classrooms at West Virginia Middle School

December 3, 2013
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Absolutely True Diary Pulled From Classrooms at West Virginia Middle School

Two weeks after the last challenge to Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian was positively resolved, the book has been removed from eighth grade classrooms at a middle school in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, after a parent complained about its “profanity and sexual content.” When the local newspaper initially reported the…

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