Let’s Ban a Book / Murakami Gets Another O’Connor / Kid Gets Deal / Bascombe Returns

September 25, 2006

Let’s Ban Some Books
It’s that time of the year when people afraid of ideas and notions that don’t appeal to their delicate sense of sensible push to ban books from libraries and schools. According to the American Library Association, groups are trying to ban 42 classics, such as the terrible To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby, Catcher in the Rye, The Grapes of Wrath, The Lord of the Files, 1984, Beloved, Ulysses, The Color Purple, Of Mice and Men, Catch-22, Brave New World, Sun Also Rises, As I Lay Dying, Song of Solomon, Heart of Darkness, Their Eyes Were Watching God, A Farewell to Arms, Clockwork Orange, Gone with the Wind, Go Tell It on the Mountain, Slaughterhouse Five, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Call of the Wild, All the King’s Men, The Jungle, Invisible Man, Satanic Verses, In Cold Blood, Sons and Lovers, Naked Lunch, Cat’s Cradle, A Separate Peace, Women in Love, The Naked and the Dead, Rabbit, Run, An American Tragedy, Tropic of Cancer, and Native Son. If these books are being banned for sex and violence, then the guardians of our children’s sensibilities missed one: the Old Testament.

Murakami Gets 2nd O’Connor
Novelist Haruki Murakami won his second Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award for Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman collection.

Kid Gets Fantasy Deal
An eleven-year-old sends a fantasy manuscript via email to the States and gets a deal.

Bascombe Returns
The Guardian is running a portion of Richard Ford’s followup to Sportswriter’s Frank Bascombe.

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