A Tennessee woman is claiming that The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, a biography of a black woman whose cervical cancer cells were taken without her consent and used for medical research (a book available in nearly every airport), is “pornographic.” Jackie Sims says her 15-year-old son shouldn’t have been assigned…
Comics are no strangers to the sometimes weird world of Book bans in the US — but in 2014, more comics than ever made the American Library Association's list of challenged books. One in particular: Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples' Saga, called out for, among other things, being anti-family. Buh-wha?
Banned Books Week is long over, but celebrate the people's failure to suppress and censor literature by checking out this great infographic. It explains which country banned which books, why, and for how long. And there's a special bonus list of the hilariously dumb reasons some classic children's books were banned,…
It's Banned Books Week! But people are trying to keep great books out of libraries and schools every hour of every day, year round. And often, people's reasons for challenging these titles are really, really... outlandish. Here are 12 SF and fantasy books that people have given incomprehensible reasons for banning.
Well, that sucks. School administrators in Alamogordo, NM decided to pull Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere from a supplemental reading list, where it had been for 10 years, because one parent complained about a slightly racy scene. Without talking to teachers first, natch. Bleh.
History is written by the victors, it has been said, so for most of history we've had books about why the rich white people were so kind to give us precious freedoms. That's why college kids go nuts when they read Howard Zinn, the late historian who wrote rollicking history books about regular people.
Neil couldn't survive life in small-town Americus without his favorite fantasy series. But when a fundamentalist group threatens to censor the books, Neil finds himself on the frontlines of a social war – and may just find his own strength.
The last week in September is the American Library Association's Banned Books Week, when the ALA highlights books that have been banned and challenged in bookstores, libraries, and schools across the United States. You can check out our list of the most frequently banned science fiction books of the 21st Century, or…
Hey look! Amazon has a new book sales policy. The policy, instated today, spontaneously transformed many books about LGBT issues into "adult" titles, and therefore no longer includes them in the "Best Sellers" lists/rankings. UPDATED
Remember the author whose book got rejected from the iTunes App Store because of "obscene, pornographic, offensive or defamatory" language? Well, they published his book, but only after he took out the dirty bits.
Self-published authors are now distributing books in self-contained iPhone apps, but when a friend of ours submitted his for approval, he got blackballed for content that was either "obscene, pornographic, offensive or defamatory." NSFW pic: