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Old news: God’s memoir faces censorship

David Javerbaum, the former executive producer for a program I’ve never watched, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, wrote a satirical memoir of God’s life and has run into a bit of trouble selling it. I know. Inconceivable. The Last … Continue reading

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Store bans sale of Bible. Finally.

What makes it particularly laughable, though, is the fact that it’s the Lego bible (The Brick Testament) and Sam’s Club deemed it too racy to be sold there as it was originally published. It’s since been modified to be “acceptable” … Continue reading

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Pakistan’s texting censorship plan backfires

Their initiative to label 1,695 English and Urdu words as too obscene to use in messages was met with a vocal uproar and they’ve since backed off — a bit. “Jesus Christ” were two words they hoped to ban, but … Continue reading

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The banned book “Have you Read it?” meme

I fell behind on reporting what my Banned Book club was reading. Last time it was Lolita, but I didn’t do a write-up; this week we talk about Brave New World, which I will make certain to write about. Last … Continue reading

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An uncensored version of Dorian Gray has been published

I don’t think I’ve ever read that book. I might have to now. First published as a serial novel in 1890, parts of it were considered too risqué and vulgar for audiences at the time, so a heavy-handed editor took … Continue reading

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Freedom to Read Week: why we fight for the right to read

I’m quoting from an article that ran last February in the Queen’s University paper. The Library Communications Manager for Staufer Library, I’m guessing, had this to say about the need for events that highlight the issues surrounding censorship. “Sometimes the … Continue reading

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Readings from Challenged Works…

will happen at Frances Morrison Library in Saskatoon on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 pm in the Gallery. To celebrate Freedom to Read Week, local author George Khng, poet Mari-Lou Rowley and librarian Ann Foster will read parts from books that … Continue reading

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Freedom to Read Week – a controversial memoir

I don’t think I’ve heard of the book called Kaffir Boy by Mark Methabane but it’s made headlines in San Luis Obispo because a high school there has been debating its removal from school reading lists on account of one … Continue reading

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Freedom to Read Week – persecuted writers

Brown University is doing a good thing and thanks everyone who continues to sponsor and fund their International Writers Project. They offer one year fellowships to authors who’ve been challenged in their own countries over their writing. They’ve been running … Continue reading

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Here it is, the middle of Freedom to Read Week

and I’ve hardly mentioned much of anything in the way of that. Something comes to mind, though. These posts are set to drop on Facebook after I write them and one of my Facebook friends left a comment there about … Continue reading

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