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Oct 1 2008

Banned Children’s Books

by Ginny C

The previous posts this week have talked about Banned Books Week and mentioned some of the books that are among the most frequently banned or challenged.  (For the difference between a banned book and a challenged book, see here.)  ALA has several good lists of challenged books, both for this year and going back to 1990.

Did you look at any of those lists?  If you did, what did you notice?  If you’re like me, you noticed that a lot of them are children’s books.  Authors like Judy BlumeBarbara Park, J.K. Rowling, and Shel Silverstein all have books on these lists.

Books on these lists can also be good discussion starters with your child.  If you or your child has read any of the challenged or banned books, talk about why someone might have wanted it removed from the library.  Discuss the character’s actions and what you hope your child would do in a similar situation.  (Please remember that not all of the books on the list are appropriate for all children or for all ages.  Preview the books first to decide if it’s something you want your child to read.)

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Aug 28 2008

Calling All Paparazzi!

by DCPLive

This weekend, literary folks across the metro area will have an awesome chance to catch sight of celebrity authors. The third annual Decatur Book Festival will kick off on Friday night with a keynote speech by Billy Collins, a former United States poet laureate; tickets are required for this event, but are available free at Agnes Scott College’s box office and several local bookstores. There will be 250 national and local authors speaking around Decatur. These authors include Pearl Cleage, Eric Jerome Dickey, Emily Giffin, Kathy Reichs, Karin Slaughter and Haywood Smith. If you have children, fear not! This is a completely family friendly event. There will be a children’s parade Saturday morning with beloved costumed characters and a marching band. There will be many authors for children and teens reading from and speaking about their work, including John Bemelmans Marciano (the grandson of the author of Madeline), Chris Raschka, and Doreen Cronin.


Aug 7 2008

Remembering Solzhenitsyn

by Jimmy L

Best known for his books One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (which exposed the Soviet Union’s labour camp system and lead him to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970) and The Gulag Archipelago (which the New York Review of Books calls “The greatest and most powerful single indictment of a political regime ever to be leveled in modern times”), Russian writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn passed away this past Sunday, August 3rd.

I found a really good BBC News article remembering Solzhenitsyn and his life. Also, the Library has many books about him, including Alexander Solzhenitsyn : a century in his life by D.M. Thomas.



Imagine this.  Three or four writers sit down in a room and talk about everything from their own books to politics and culture.  Now there is a show available exclusively on the web that does just that.  It’s called Titlepage, and it’s hosted by Daniel Menaker, the former fiction editor at The New Yorker who left his post as executive editor in chief of the Random House Publishing Group in June to host the show.

“We’re hoping to let people listen in on the kind of conversation they might like to have themselves if there were a group of three or four people in a room,” said Mr. Menaker.

The most recent episode features a conversation with Simon Winchester, Aleksandar Hemon, Rabih Alameddine and Nam Le—all born outside the U.S.—talking about the riveting, global stories in their latest books, the strengths and beauty of the English language, and whether any writer can (or even should) try to represent an entire culture.

Previous discussions include writers as far ranging as Richard Price, Susan Choi, Edward Hirsch, David Hajdu, Sloan Crosley, and Elizabeth Strout (just to name a few).

Oh yeah, and don’t forget to check out the monthly Georgia Center for the Book Author Talk events at your local DeKalb County Public Library branches!


The other day my husband (a high school lit teacher and fellow book nerd) asked me, “How can I find out about author appearances in Atlanta?”  I turned to him, shocked, since I forward him an email about author appearances at least once a month or so.  “More than the ones I already send you?” I asked.  “Yeah,” he said, “I mean, I wish there was somewhere to find a list of everything coming up all over Atlanta.”

It occurred to me that others might be wondering the same thing.  So I’ve compiled a list of different places you can go to find author events in the local area.  The list is in no particular order, and feel free to add a comment suggesting something I might have missed.

Access Atlanta
Access Atlanta is available in print and online from AJC. The site has an events search box–simply scroll down to “book events” and click “GO” for events all over the metro Atlanta area.

Creative Loafing
Click on Atlanta to enter the local site.  There’s an event search but it’s kind of clunky for book and author searches, since it mainly focuses on film, art, and music events.  Try going farther down the page to the “Do It This Week” tab, and click on “All Events.”  This brings up a more simplified search box to the left of the page where you can try searching for keywords like “book,” “books,” or “authors.”

Georgia Center for the Book
The Georgia Center for the Book presents nearly 100 author events each year bringing some of the finest writers from around the nation and the state for free public programs.  Dekalb County Public Library serves as the host location for GCB.

The Literacy Center and The Margaret Mitchell House and Museum
(formerly known as the Center for Southern Literature)
The Literary Center (formerly known as the Center for Southern Literature) preserves the legacy of Margaret Mitchell through weekly literary events, creative writing classes for adults and youth, and the facilitation of Poetry Out Loud in Georgia.

Emory University

Agnes Scott College

Oglethorpe University

Borders Books & Music
Check store inventory and upcoming events at up to six of your favorite Borders stores when you create a “My Stores” list. Enter your city, state, or zip in the form to get started.  I tried this myself and it seems to work best from this page, rather than from “Events” or “Store Locator.”

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