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Bad Sex Award, Harry Potter promoting satanism and public libraries in danger

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Hello everyone!

Time for the news of the week.

Let’s start with some sad and great news at the same time. Sad because, and this is not new, public libraries in the UK are facing increasing threats to have to close down because of spending cuts from the city councils and other local authorities. Many public libraries have been forced to shut down in the last ten years and it is still going on. In a very interesting article on the subject, The Guardian lists some public libraries which have closed down or been under threat of a close down in the last years. I’m just going to mention some of them, which were listed in the article, but I believe there are many more: in London, the Brent Council closed down the Kensal Rise library in 2011, alongside 5 other libraries, despite a strong mobilization from the general public and famous writers including Zadie Smith. Continue Reading

News of the week

Censorship, Voldemort and Support to Syrian refugees!

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Hi everyone,

It’s time to get back to the book news of this week.

 

Let’s start with some sad news as, once again, book banning will be the subject of our first news. New Zealand’s Film and Literature Board of Review has decided to ban a book, for the first time in 20 years. Which book are we talking about? Into the River, a young adult novel written by New Zealand author Ted Dawe. You may not be surprised to hear that the ban concerns a young adult novel — after all, young adult novels have always been subject to a strong censorship in probably every country except the Scandinavian countries (if you are interested in this subject, you may want to read this very interesting article by Norwegian writer Ingelin Røssland). Continue Reading