Posts tagged “ala”
September 26, 2013
September 22-28, 2013 is Banned Books Week, sponsored by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. As always, the OIF has released a list of this past year’s most challenged books. They are:
1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey. Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group.
2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie. Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group.
3. Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher. Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group.
4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James. Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
5. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson. Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group.
6. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini. Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit.
7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green. Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group.
June 20, 2012
Comments from Greg Sumner, author of Unstuck in Time: A Journey Through Kurt Vonnegut’s Life and Novels, speaking at this past American Literature Association panel:
“Anyone audacious (or foolish) enough to take on the task needs to have a clear sense of the shape of the story they want to tell, and aspire to balance in resolving the innumerable decisions that present themselves about what to include, what is most revealing in the enormous mass of information available. It should not be an exercise in hagiography and blind hero worship, nor should it be indulgence in character assassination and “pathography.” One of Vonnegut’scardinal rules about writing, more true today than ever, is that the reader’s precious time must not be wasted, everything on the page has to advance the story. As one closes the book there should be a deepened awareness of why we are interested in the subject, and why, perhaps, they deserve yet more of our attention.”
June 28, 2010June 28, 2010, 10:30 am to 1 p.m.. at the American Library Association Conference. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, D.C. 20001.
June 27, 2010June 27, 2010, 8-10 a.m. at the American Library Association Conference. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
June 26, 2010RALPH NADER SIGNING at American Library Association (ALA) Conference. Saturday, June 26th, 12pm Seven Stories Press / Consortium Booth #2833 Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, D.C. 20001. For more information visit http://www.ala.org/ala/conferencesevents/upcoming/annual/index.cfm. Ralph will sign ONLY THE SUPER-RICH CAN SAVE US. The purchase of one signed book will come with a free copy of another book by Ralph.
January 20, 2010At the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Boston from January 15-18, 2010, the Seven Stories Press table was set up next to a large display of socks in all colors and sizes. Four for ten dollars, ten for twenty, mix and match: this was the refrain I heard throughout the day from my neighbor at the sock table, along with the question from the librarians: whatever possessed you to sell socks at a library convention? That my neighbor sold hundreds, thousands of socks to these same questioners isn’t the point. He could have done as much at any other convention, and probably done better financially as well. Libraries are cutting budgets across the nation, starting with travel allotments, and attendance was down significantly from previous midwinter ALA events. In the shadow of the September 2009 scare about the Philadelphia Free Library closing its doors, the survival of libraries is more than ever in doubt—both financially, and in terms of those in power losing respect for a library’s basic mission.
January 18, 2010January 15-18, 5:30pm Fri to 3pm Mon, Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, 415 Summer Street, Boston MA 02210. Seven Stories will be at booth #2478 — hope to see you there!