Will Dutch library ban on 'Black Pete' books spell end for 'racist' festive tradition?

The portrayal of Santa’s Moor servant ‘Zwarte Piet’ is widely seen as offensive. Protesters applaud the decision to remove the character from children’s books Public libraries across the Netherlands are removing from the shelves children’s books depicting a black-faced Zwarte Piet, a side-kick to Sinterklaas, in the latest sign that the country is turning the page on a festive figure widely seen as being racist.For at least a decade, there have been protests against the practice of white people with blackened faces, curly wigs and exaggerated bright red lips depicting the character at the nationwide parades held in early December to herald the feast of Saint Nicholas. Continue reading... Continue reading at 'The Guardian'

[ The Guardian | 2020-11-15 10:10:52 UTC ]
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“Literature Locked Up” Supports An End to US Prison Book Bans for Banned Books Week

PEN America launches their "Literature Locked Up" program for Banned Books Week in support of ending prison book banning. Continue reading at Book Riot

[ Book Riot | 2019-09-12 13:15:15 UTC ]
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Susan Orlean talks ‘The Library Book’ on first day of L.A. Times Festival of Books

Susan Orlean cracked open her book and bent toward the microphone. “Covers burst like popcorn,” she said, reading from her book about the mysterious 1986 fire at downtown L.A.’s Central Library. “Pages flared and blackened and then sprang away from their bindings, a ream of sooty scraps soaring... Continue reading at Los Angeles Times

[ Los Angeles Times | 2019-04-14 00:00:00 UTC ]
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A New York Library Bans Pride Displays and LGBTQ Kids’ Books, And Other Library Censorship Stories from Pride Month

Libraries from California to North Carolina to Utah to New York have seen their Pride displays challenged or removed this month. Continue reading at Book Riot

[ Book Riot | 2022-06-30 10:41:00 UTC ]
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It’s official: Book-banning attempts aimed at libraries are way up this year.

The American Library Association has released its preliminary data on attempts to censor books or limit library resources, and the numbers are bad. From Jan. 1 to Aug. 31, there were 681 “attempts to ban or restrict library resources,” targeting 1,651 titles in total. This number already exceeds... Continue reading at Literrary Hub

[ Literrary Hub | 2022-09-16 16:06:45 UTC ]
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The New York Public Library makes four banned books free nationwide on its e-reader app

The New York Public Library made four banned books available nationwide on SimplyE, its free-reader app. The titles include Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi and Catcher in the... Continue reading at Engadget

[ Engadget | 2022-04-13 23:48:05 UTC ]
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Congress to Hold Hearing on Book Bannings in Schools and Libraries

Maryland Congressman Jamie Raskin, chairman of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, plans to hold a hearing April 7 to examine the wave of attempted book bannings in schools and libraries across the country. Continue reading at Publishers Weekly

[ Publishers Weekly | 2022-04-05 04:00:00 UTC ]
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The smallest library in Maine is stocking its shelves with banned books.

If you’ve been paying attention to local news, you know the wave of book bans sweeping the nation isn’t slowing down—but people are pushing back. PEN America continues to speak out against censorship; a professor has offered to teach Maus to all students affected by its ban; the Authors Guild... Continue reading at Literrary Hub

[ Literrary Hub | 2022-03-17 15:55:49 UTC ]
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Texas Library Association Forms Coalition to Battle Book Bans

The new coalition aims to inform and organize Texans who oppose efforts to ban books. Continue reading at Publishers Weekly

[ Publishers Weekly | 2022-03-08 05:00:00 UTC ]
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Hundreds of books ready for display at new Black Community Library in London, Ont.

An all-new Black library is opening in London, Ont., at the end January. It will feature books written by Black authors from Canada and around the world.   Continue reading at CBC

[ CBC | 2022-01-28 10:00:00 UTC ]
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'The end of an innocent world': An oral history of the first National Book Festival, which debuted three days before 9/11

Ahead of the 20th National Book Festival, Laura Bush, Scott Turow, Michael Beschloss and others look back at the event’s storied beginning. Continue reading at The Washington Post

[ The Washington Post | 2020-09-15 12:00:00 UTC ]
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This Website Makes It Easier to Buy Anti-Racist Books From Black-owned Bookstores

In the weeks since the May 25 killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, books about anti-racism have consistently topped bestseller lists. Many of these books have been purchased from the likes of Amazon and Barnes & Noble. To try and funnel some of these sales to Black-owned bookstores... Continue reading at AdWeek

[ AdWeek | 2020-06-19 21:16:38 UTC ]
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Catholic School Bans Harry Potter Books, Claiming Its Spells And Curses Are Real

The Rev. Dan Reehil warned that reading the spells in the J.K. Rowling novels could conjure up actual evil spirits. Continue reading at HuffPost

[ HuffPost | 2019-09-02 19:47:12 UTC ]
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Photo Gallery: Our Favorite Cosplay From NYC's Black Comic Book Festival

At the seventh annual iteration of the convention, fans paid homage to favorites from Sailor Moon to 'Coming to America'’s Prince Akeem. Continue reading at Wired

[ Wired | 2019-01-24 00:00:00 UTC ]
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Rick Riordan cheers end of book covers that 'whitewash' his black hero

Russian editions of YA author’s bestselling Kane Chronicles will now depict his African American character accuratelyThe bestselling American author Rick Riordan has thanked his Russian publisher for no longer “whitewashing” its jacket illustration of his character Carter, an African American... Continue reading at The Guardian

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WLT Book Buzz Episode #5 - Black Voices: 41 Books for Everyone of Any Age from Black Joy to History to Empowerment

News and Events Laura and Bunmi celebrate 41 books by Black authors. From Black joy to history to empowerment, the books on this list provide affirming messages for children and young adults with a special shout-out to NSK Neustadt Prize finalist Jason... Continue reading at World Literature Today

[ World Literature Today | 2022-02-24 19:13:40 UTC ]
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Banned Books Week: banned books around the world

As Banned Books Week UK kicks offi, Global English Editing shares a map of books currently banned internationally.  Continue reading at The Bookseller

[ The Bookseller | 2019-09-22 01:40:16 UTC ]
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Who Are The Groups Banning Books Near You?: Book Censorship News, September 23, 2022

Banned Books Week has been a busy week for banning books. That, plus a look at some of the regional groups pushing censorship. Continue reading at Book Riot

[ Book Riot | 2022-09-23 10:40:00 UTC ]
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A Banned Books Week Action List: Book Censorship News, September 16, 2022

Take action during Banned Books Week with these action items. That, plus this week's roundup of book censorship news. Continue reading at Book Riot

[ Book Riot | 2022-09-16 10:40:00 UTC ]
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Book Banners Don’t Know What a Book Ban Is

People trying to remove books from libraries insist it's not a book ban. Everyone wants to ban a book, but no one wants to be a book banner. Continue reading at Book Riot

[ Book Riot | 2022-08-03 10:40:00 UTC ]
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