I don't often air my rage on this blog, but right now I'm as pissed as the cat in the picture.
You may have already heard about the Houston-area school that censored YA author Ellen Hopkins. If not, in a nutshell, she was originally invited to speak at a Teen Lit Fest in Humble, Texas, after prior good experience there and with the librarians. Of course she said yes. Then, one librarian decided she had an issue with Hopkin's book(s) and lobbied certain parents and the superintendent, who dis-invited her.
Read about her experience on her blog here. Read Publishers Weekly's discussion of it here.
And in case you need it spelled out, dis-inviting an author to speak is extremely poor manners, as well as CENSORSHIP.
Four other authors who were schedule to speak at Teen Lit Fest have withdrawn in support of Ellen, and I wanted to make sure we congratulate them on their effort, and support their very important decisions. Please go buy their books and visit their blogs (each of the links goes to their own blog posts about this issue):
P.S. I don't believe for one second that the teens are suffering from the withdrawl of these authors at the Fest. "What about the children!" seems like a bit of a manipulative cry to me. The teens, in fact, are benefiting HUGELY from seeing people stand up to censorship in this way.
What are your thoughts on this issue? If you agree or disagree, I'd like to hear it in the comments.