This weekend it was announced that singer/songwriter Bob Dylan had been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition“.
This decision is relatively unorthodox and naturally, people have strong opinions about the decision. Here are two articles offering thoughts about both sides of the debate.
The Nobel Prize, The Man Booker, and The National Book Award will all announce winners this fall. Read more HERE to learn about the finalists.
“Keiji Nakazawa’s internationally renowned manga Barefoot Gen, which depicts wartime atrocities from the perspective of the seven-year-old protagonist, has fallen victim to several challenges in its home country of Japan.”
“The series was pulled from primary and middle school libraries in the Japanese city of Matsue. Keiji Nakazawa’s celebrated series was removed after the complainant — one who does not even live in the prefecture where Matsue City is located — called the book an “ultra-leftist manga that perpetuated lies and instilled defeatist ideology in the minds of young Japanese.” Citing “portions that warrant consideration as appropriate reading material for children,” school officials barred students from checking out the manga but allowed teachers to continue using it in classrooms. The Matsue City school board overturned the order that banned Barefoot Gen from school libraries, but they didn’t do it over concerns of censorship. The board cited concerns over procedural problems with the decision.” -Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Highlighting the value of free and open access to information, Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek, to publish, to read, and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted for removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read. –American Library Association
Stop by the CA Library today to check out some banned books!
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“When we segregate literature, we focus only on mirrors. Certainly, seeing yourself in books is necessary and crucial to the development of identity — my sisters and I proudly found ourselves between the pages of Nikki Giovanni’s “Spin a Soft Black Song” and Lucille Clifton’s “Everett Anderson” series — but not allowing those same books to serve as windows into the lives of others will most certainly limit imagination and possibility.”
Want to read more by Kwame Alexander? Try “The Crossover” available at the CA Library!