BOOK NEWS ROUNDUP: Naya Rivera’s Insider Look at Glee; Langston Hughes Banned in Texas Prisons; Most Challenged Books of 2016

Welcome back to our mid-week book news roundup, where we find the most interesting and noteworthy happenings in the book world and share it with you! In honor of Banned Books Week, we have a few stories featuring diversity and tough topics, check them out below:

Langston Hughes and Bob Dole Books Banned in Texas Prisons

 Langston Hughes, by Winold Reiss. (AP Photo/National Portrait Gallery)
Langston Hughes, by Winold Reiss. (AP Photo/National Portrait Gallery)

Texas prisons are doing the unthinkable, they’re banning books! And if you’re one of the inmates there, you’re not going to be allowed to read anything you want, ya know, like Bob Dole or Harriet Beecher Stowe. Why? Well, The Guardian reports that the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is banning nearly 15,000 books from the correctional facilities it operates, including books by Langston Hughes, but Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf is totally OK. Hmmm… that seems somewhat backwards. This alarming news comes smack dab in the middle of Banned Books Week, where books that are censored are celebrated. Seems like Texas prisons didn’t get the memo that diversity is in, and Nazis are out.

To read more about the Texas prison ruling, click here.

58 of the Most Challenged Books featuring Diverse Content

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Speaking of Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read is getting a whole lot more diverse as opposed to earlier years. It’s truly the year of celebrating diversity, and it seems the titles being challenged and/or banned are ones that feature content including LGBTQIA, people of color, people with disabilities, religious minorities, gender diversity and more. It’s crazy to see the shift, and that in the year 2016, we are censoring very real issues that have no business being banned, or even challenged. To give you an idea of what we’re up against, here’s a list of BannedBooksWeek.org’s Frequently Challenged Books with Diverse Content:

  1. A Gathering of Old Men by Ernest J. Gaines
  2. A Hero Ain’t Nothin But a Sandwich by Alice Childress
  3. A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines
  4. Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by  Sherman Alexie
  5. All American Boys by Jason Reynolds
  6. Always Running by Luis J Rodriguez
  7. Am I Blue?:  Coming Out from the Silence by Marion Dane Baue
  8. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
  9. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  10. Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden

To view the whole list, click here.

Naya Rivera Shares Personal Stories and an Insider Look at Glee

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Do any of you remember Glee? A musical comedy by Ryan Murphy (the same guy who brought us the twisted world of American Horror Story), about a group of ambitious and talented teens in search for their lifelong dreams, their voice and ultimately acceptance among their peers? Well, I do. I used to watch this show religiously, until they started taking on too many issues and it just seemed disingenuous. But enough about that. News alert! Former Glee star Naya Rivera has been up to a whole lot since we last saw her at McKinley High. In her new book, Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up (TarcherPerigee, September 13, 2016) she writes about a number of personal subjects, including the death of her co-star Cory Monteith, who died of a drug overdose in 2013. Rivera delves into why timing is everything in this new book, which can be considered an insider perspective on the show’s success, and the events surrounding Monteith’s death, Mark Salling’s trial, and Lea Michele’s grief after losing a costar and lover.

To read more about Naya Rivera’s new book on Yahoo.com, click here.

Is there any book related news you’re excited about? Let us know in the comments below!

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