Internationally celebrated authors talk with A.O. Scott of The New York Times: Martin Amis (The Pregnant Widow and the upcoming Lionel Asbo: The State of England), Margaret Atwood (The Blind Assassin, The Year of the Flood) and E.L. Doctorow (Ragtime, Homer & Langley). Their original essays about literature and world affairs also appear in the New York Times Sunday Review the same week.
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UPDATE. Now being unbanned...
Following our outcry @PENamerica, the Alpine school district in UT will *no longer* be removing 52 books outright, but "temporarily restricting" them, so that parents can opt their kids into being allowed to read them if they so choose. #FReadom /1 https://twitter.com/PENamerica/status/1554209510134525952
The Vandegrift High School #BannedBookClub is one of many teen-led efforts nationwide.
“Teachers are afraid of losing their jobs,” @jonfreadom said. “Principals only have so much that they can do in the face of school boards. But students can protest. Students can speak out.”
How do books end up banned in schools? It’s not the rational process you might think it is, explains #PENAmerica’s book bans expert @jonfreadom (Jonathan Friedman). In one #Florida school district, a warning label has been stuck on a book about babies. #censorship #freadom #1A