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It’s Banned Books Week!  I haven’t read any banned books yet this week, but I love celebrating my right to learn whatever the hell I want.  This feels especially important to me as a writer as well as a librarian.  As a librarian, I do research professionally.  As a librarian, people have asked me to remove gay magazines, and picture books from the shelves(yes, this has actually happened, and more than once).  And as a writer, I look up a bunch of really weird, questionable stuff.  So hooray for the first amendment and freedom of information!  This might not seem like such a big deal, but when you consider that in North Korea they only have access to 28 websites, it puts things in perspective.

At the top of the list for most challenged books of 2015 is Looking for Alaska, by John Green, which is a great book.  Just behind it is Fifty Shades of Grey, which while I don’t feel like I can say it’s a great book, I don’t support removing it from shelves either.  This year the ALA is focusing on promoting diversity, particularly since books that take a hard look at the issues faced by different cultures and people are often the ones that get challenged.

That’s about all I’ve got for now.  I haven’t been cooking as much, but I’ve been reading and writing plenty.  The Rainbow Comes and Goes by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt was a pretty interesting read, and I’m digging into Stephen King’s Dark Tower series(shit is DARK).  Happy reading everyone.

 

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