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PODCAST: Authors Marguerite Elisofon and Ann Martin Talk ‘Rain Reign’ and Autism Awareness

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Author of the memoir My Picture Perfect Family (Central Park Publishers, 2016) Marguerite Elisofon chronicles the true story of raising twins in New York City and the journey that takes place following their daughter’s diagnoses on the Autism Spectrum. She sat down in with novelist Ann Martin to talk about her book Rain Reign (ALA Notable Children’s Books, 2014), in which the story is narrated by a young girl on the spectrum.   About the Authors About Marguerite Elisofon: Marguerite Elisofon is a New York City writer and the author of My Picture Perfect Family, a memoir about how her family navigated life with a child on the autistic spectrum before the internet and support groups existed. She also blogs about parenting young adults and disability…

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Banned Books Week 2014: Preserving the free exchange of ideas

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Held annually since 1982, Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community—librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers and readers of all types—in support of the freedom to seek, express, and share ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. During Banned Books Week, the ALA brings attention to books that have been challenged in or banned from public or school libraries. (A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials; a banning is the actual removal of those materials). In doing so, the organization seeks to draw national attention to the harms of censorship. According to the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, hundreds of books are reported as challenged each year—in fact, in the decade between 2000 and 2009,…

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