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Adding Persepolis to Your Library or Classroom Collection

June 22, 2015
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Adding Persepolis to Your Library or Classroom Collection

Since 2013, Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of her childhood during and after Iran’s Islamic Revolution has rather unexpectedly become one of the most frequently challenged graphic novels in U.S. classrooms and school libraries. Despite the book’s critical acclaim, some parents and even educators or school administrators react to the few profanities and scenes of torture by…

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ComicMix’s Tweeks Challenge Kids and Parents to Read Challenged Comics This Summer!

June 19, 2015
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ComicMix’s Tweeks Challenge Kids and Parents to Read Challenged Comics This Summer!

Twin tween geeks Maddy and Anya Ernst, aka the Tweeks, just announced their Challenged Graphic Novel Reading Challenge on the ComicMix website, and their summer reading list is chock full of amazing graphic novels that have been attacked by censors! This year’s Banned Books Week will focus on young adult fiction, and YA comics are…

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Crafton Hills College Stands By Graphic Novel Course

June 16, 2015
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Crafton Hills College Stands By Graphic Novel Course

Facing the wrath of the Internet, Crafton Hills College affirmed yesterday that it will not be “eradicating” any graphic novels from its English 250 course as 20-year-old student Tara Shultz and her parents demanded last week. The Shultz family disagrees with the college’s defense of academic freedom and now plans to take the issue higher,…

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College Student Wants Four Graphic Novels “Eradicated from the System”

June 13, 2015
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College Student Wants Four Graphic Novels “Eradicated from the System”

A 20-year-old college student in Yucaipa, California is protesting the inclusion of four landmark graphic novels in an English class that she took during the recently-finished Spring 2015 semester at Crafton Hills College. According to the Redlands Daily Facts newspaper, Tara Shultz and her parents object to Persepolis, Fun Home, Y: The Last ManVol. 1,…

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What Do We Know About the Frequently Challenged Comics of 2014?

April 17, 2015
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What Do We Know About the Frequently Challenged Comics of 2014?

Following the news that comics made up almost a third of the books on the American Library Association’s Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books for 2014, we did a bit of investigating for more information on the challenges that landed Persepolis, Drama, and Saga on the list. Marjane Satrapi’s acclaimed graphic memoir Persepolis came…

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Three Graphic Novels Among ALA’s Ten Most Challenged Books of 2014

April 13, 2015
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Three Graphic Novels Among ALA’s Ten Most Challenged Books of 2014

Graphic novels made a big splash in 2014, including first ever Caldecott and Newbery honors. But they also made their way into one of the places we hate to see them most: ALA’s 2014 Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books. This week is National Library Week, and along with the celebration of libraries, we also…

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EXCLUSIVE: CBLDF Talks to Persepolis Sleuth Jarrett Dapier!

February 25, 2015
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EXCLUSIVE: CBLDF Talks to Persepolis Sleuth Jarrett Dapier!

Following the recent revelation of new details regarding the Chicago Public Schools’ 2013 classroom ban of Persepolis, CBLDF got in touch with Library & Information Science graduate student Jarrett Dapier, who used the Freedom of Information Act to secure the release of emails among CPS administrators about the book. In the interview below, we talk…

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Charles Brownstein Talks Comics Censorship on Boston’s WERS Radio

February 20, 2015
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Charles Brownstein Talks Comics Censorship on Boston’s WERS Radio

CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein recently lent his expertise to an episode of the radio show You Are Here on Boston’s WERS 88.9 FM. Take a listen below as host Phillip Jones speaks to Brownstein and others about worldwide challenges and bans of graphic novels and picture books! The 13-minute episode focuses primarily on challenges…

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Grad Student Uncovers Truth About Persepolis Ban in Chicago Public Schools

February 19, 2015
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Grad Student Uncovers Truth About Persepolis Ban in Chicago Public Schools

A graduate student’s research is throwing new light on Chicago Public Schools officials’ 2013 effort to remove Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis from libraries and classrooms throughout the district. Emails released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request and first reported in the Chicago Reader last week confirm what seemed incredible to observers at the…

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VICTORY: Illinois Challenge to Persepolis Fails by Unanimous Decision

September 30, 2014
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VICTORY: Illinois Challenge to Persepolis Fails by Unanimous Decision

Yesterday, just hours before a school board meeting to decide the fate of Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, CBLDF joined a coalition led by CBLDF-sponsored Kids’ Right to Read Project in sending a letter to defend the book. Last night, the Ball-Chatham School Board in Illinois voted unanimously to keep the book in classrooms. Persepolis is an…

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