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

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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 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…

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BOOK NEWS ROUNDUP: Ben Affleck’s Batman 18-Months Out; Minecraft Meets Zombies; and Banned Books Then & Now!

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Yesterday was National Comic Book Day, and although we’re fashionably late to the party (sorry, we got distracted by Fear the Walking Dead and the return of Once Upon A Time last night) there are some awesome things happening in the comic and book world and we just can’t help but talk about them today. Here’s a round-up of just a few of our favorites: World War Z Author takes on Minecraft! Yep, you heard it correctly—the Max Brooks, author of World War Z is going to be writing a whole series of Minecraft novels. Seem like a weird pair? Nah! I have faith in the bestselling author who gave us such gems as The Zombie Survival Guide (it’ll come…

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What’s the Mystery Behind the Disappearance of a Hong Kong Bookseller?

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Hong Kong has a mystery on its hands with the disappearance last week of local bookseller Lee Bo and signs are pointing to Communist China. Lee is the co-owner of the Causeway Bay Bookstore, a tiny shop that sells the gossipy books critical of political leaders in mainland China published by Mighty Current books. He is the fifth person connected to the publisher to go missing in the last two months. The previous disappearances are believed to be linked to the upcoming publication of a book about the love life of current Chinese President Xi Jinping. Adding to the mystery is a new report from Lee’s wife, Choi Ka-ping, who rescinded her missing person report and now claims that he…

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Smart Reads: 3 Books for Banned Books Week

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We’re closing out Banned Books Week (September 27-October 3) by honoring three of the most challenged and banned books in 2014 as this week’s Smart Reads. Even though our right to read anything we like is guaranteed by the First Amendment of the American Constitution, there have always been members of the community who take exception to the content of certain books. Reasons for banning books have varied. Most frequently cited are offensive language, sexually explicit content, violence, controversial issues (a highly subjective term) and being unsuitable for its targeted age group. But as any book loving parent knows, much of this depends on the individual reader. And what budding adolescent hasn’t read a forbidden adult novel under the covers…

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Is Nick Tosches’ Under Tiberius the Most Controversial Book of 2015?

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OK, this is going to piss people off. We’ve seen plenty of stories over the years that have retold “The Greatest Story Ever Told.” The life of Jesus Christ has been recast time and again, and with each retelling, the condemnation ranged from anywhere between annoyed murmuring to full-throated shouts. Remember when director Martin Scorsese had the nerve to suggest that Jesus struggled with the all-too-human traits of anxiety, depression and lust in the film The Last Temptation of Christ? Christians literally took to the streets in protest. That’s nothing compared to what might be the reaction to Nick Tosches’ new novel, Under Tiberius (Little, Brown & Co., August 4, 2015). Tosches himself becomes a character in the book and…

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Haul-a-Day 19: Out of Print

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Out of Print celebrates the world’s great stories through fashion. Their products feature iconic and often out-of-print book covers. Some are classics, some are just curious enough to make great T-shirts, but all are striking works of art. We loved this tote bag featuring banned books. It makes a terrific statement in favor of reading freedom and looks great while doing it. Enter below for your chance to win then hop over to Out Of Print to check out great gifts for the book lover in your life!         To learn more about our Holiday Haul-a-Day click here.

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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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Video: Missed It? Interview: Jay Asher Discusses Why ‘Thirteen Reasons’ Is Banned

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In honor of BANNED BOOK WEEK, Jay Asher, author of the very popular and frequently challenged book THIRTEEN REASONS WHY joins us to discuss why his book is banned and answer viewers questions.  Kim Alexander is the moderator. About Thirteen Reasons Why Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker – his classmate and crush – who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why. Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with…

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