Elton John blasts 'boorishly bigoted' Italian mayor for LGBT book ban

Elton John, the singer-songwriter known for his advocacy for gay rights, has strongly criticized Mayor Luigi Brugnaro of Venice, Italy, for banning 49 LGBT-themed children's books from the city's schools. Continue reading at 'Los Angeles Times'

[ Los Angeles Times | 2015-08-17 00:00:00 UTC ]
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The Guardian view on US book bans: time to fight back | Editorial

Censorship is surging thanks to an organised rightwing minority targeting books on LGBTQ and Black characters and issues“A book is a loaded gun in the house next door,” warns a character in Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury’s dystopian vision of an America where books are considered so dangerous they... Continue reading at The Guardian

[ The Guardian | 2023-04-13 17:21:33 UTC ]
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Book banning is sweeping parts of America. These celebrities want you to help stop it

Celebrities including Julia Roberts, Julianna Margulies, and Selma Blair are urging people to take part in the #LetAmericaRead campaign. April is National School Library Month but, unfortunately, some of the books in school libraries have never been under greater threat in parts of America than... Continue reading at Fast Company

[ Fast Company | 2023-04-11 12:01:00 UTC ]
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Texas County to Consider Shutting Down Library After Book Ban Ruling

After a federal judge ordered the return of more than a dozen books improperly removed from the Llano County Public Library shelves, the county's commissioners are set to discuss shutting the library down altogether. Continue reading at Publishers Weekly

[ Publishers Weekly | 2023-04-11 04:00:00 UTC ]
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MPIBA Booksellers Talk Shop, Book Bans in Texas

About 150 publishing professionals were in attendance at the Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association SpringCon last week. In addition to networking and professional development opportunities, the attendees discussed a new bill in the Texas legislature, which would place more... Continue reading at Publishers Weekly

[ Publishers Weekly | 2023-04-10 04:00:00 UTC ]
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Texas Ranks Among Lowest on Library Use, Highest in Book Bans: Library Use & Spending By State

What states spend the most money on their public libraries and what states see the most use per person? Continue reading at Book Riot

[ Book Riot | 2023-04-06 11:21:40 UTC ]
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London Book Fair: Ukraine Named ‘Guest Spotlight’; Mayor Khan Keynotes

With a focus on Ukraine and daily keynotes each morning, London Book Fair's programming is beginning to take shape. The post London Book Fair: Ukraine Named ‘Guest Spotlight’; Mayor Khan Keynotes appeared first on Publishing Perspectives. Continue reading at Publishing Perspectives

[ Publishing Perspectives | 2023-03-23 17:34:09 UTC ]
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Congratulations, we did it: 1,200 book bans in 2022.

The American Library Association (ALA) tracked 1,269 demands to censor library books and other resources last year, double that of 2021 and the highest in over 20 years; the highest since the ALA began tracking such things. Of the titles reported for whatever supposed thought crimes, the vast... Continue reading at Literrary Hub

[ Literrary Hub | 2023-03-23 15:00:01 UTC ]
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Attempts to Ban Books Doubled in 2022

A new report from the American Library Association showed a spike in censorship efforts, with 1,269 attempts. Continue reading at The New York Times

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ALA Reports Shocking Increase in Attempted Book Bans in 2022

With book banning and legislative attacks on the freedom to read continuing to surge across the country, the American Library Association tracked a stunning 1,269 demands to censor library books and resources in 2022, nearly double the record-shattering 729 challenges recorded in 2021. Continue reading at Publishers Weekly

[ Publishers Weekly | 2023-03-23 04:00:00 UTC ]
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2023 Walter Dean Myers Awards: Life Changing Literature and Book Bans

The eighth annual ​Walter​ ​Awards ​Ceremony​ and Symposium took place as a hybrid event at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, D.C., and online on March 17. Continue reading at Publishers Weekly

[ Publishers Weekly | 2023-03-21 04:00:00 UTC ]
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What Are We Protecting Children from by Banning Books?

Reading the titles that have been challenged and removed from public-school libraries across the country. Continue reading at New Yorker

[ New Yorker | 2023-03-10 11:00:00 UTC ]
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WI2023: Booksellers Respond to Book Challenges and Bans

On the closing day of the ABA's Winter Institute 2023, a keynote and idea exchange tackled book banning and other threats to the freedom to read. Stories of outrage were easy to come by, but solutions were in shorter supply. Continue reading at Publishers Weekly

[ Publishers Weekly | 2023-02-27 05:00:00 UTC ]
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As Book Bans and Legislative Attacks Escalate, the New Press Pushes Back

“As a leading publisher of progressive education books, our response to Ron DeSantis and the College Board will be to bring attention to this chilling, racist, and cynical moment,” New Press publisher Ellen Adler told PW. Continue reading at Publishers Weekly

[ Publishers Weekly | 2023-02-17 05:00:00 UTC ]
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Penguin Random House’s All Ways Black Collective Battles Book Bans

A community of Black writers and readers, the group is partnering with Little Free Library to bring more free libraries to Black communities across the country. Continue reading at Publishers Weekly

[ Publishers Weekly | 2023-02-02 05:00:00 UTC ]
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Book Bans are Driving Kids Away from Libraries and Reading

As recent laws restrict school librarians from bringing in new books, they're seeing a drop off of students using the library at all. Continue reading at Book Riot

[ Book Riot | 2023-01-23 17:38:56 UTC ]
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Book Review: ‘Life on Delay,’ by John Hendrickson

John Hendrickson's memoir “Life on Delay” recounts his experience with this poorly understood neurological disorder, tracing an arc from frustration and isolation to acceptance and community. Continue reading at The New York Times

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A Banned Book Club Reading Guide for NEW KID by Jerry Craft

Banned books are some of the best to discuss in book clubs. This reading guide to frequently banned book New Kid will help you get started! Continue reading at Book Riot

[ Book Riot | 2023-01-17 11:37:00 UTC ]
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How 'Gender Queer: A Memoir' became America's most banned book

Maia Kobabe's graphic memoir "Gender Queer" became the most banned book in American schools, drawing the Northern California artist and writer into the nation's cultural wars. Continue reading at Los Angeles Times

[ Los Angeles Times | 2022-12-21 11:00:19 UTC ]
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Children’s Book Author Tomie dePaola and Activist Icon John Lewis on 2023 USPS Stamps

The U.S. Postal Service announced new subjects for 2023 stamps: children's book author Tomie dePaola and civil rights activist John Lewis. Continue reading at Book Riot

[ Book Riot | 2022-12-14 18:11:26 UTC ]
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Sharjah World Book Capital Supports a Fire-Damaged Italian Bookstore

The Bologna bookstore, Giannino Stoppani, was damaged by fire in May. Sharjah World Book Capital has contributed €50,000 to assist. The post Sharjah World Book Capital Supports a Fire-Damaged Italian Bookstore appeared first on Publishing Perspectives. Continue reading at Publishing Perspectives

[ Publishing Perspectives | 2022-11-08 12:43:42 UTC ]
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