Happy Saturday! I hope you all had a lovely Fourth of July and are enjoying the long weekend. It’s finally time to kick back, relax, and catch up on the week’s bookish news!
1. An Oregon school board overruled the pre-emptive ban of An Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie from the English curriculum. When five teachers brought this book forward for approval to add it to the curriculum, the council denied their request on the basis that the novel “would definitely be challenged in the future.” However, after actually reading the book, the school board reversed the decision!
2. Amazon promoted a Hachette title as one of its best books of the month, but it can’t actually be purchased from Amazon. California by Eden Lepucki will be published July 8, but it isn’t available for pre-order because of the contract dispute between Amazon and Hachette. Can this dispute get any sillier?
3. After a three year effort, World Book Night has suspended its US operations. I participated in World Book Night for the first time this year and had a really wonderful experience. It was amazing to share a book I love with people in the community, and to see people get so excited about a book. I’m so sad to hear World Book Night will not happen in the US next year.
4. Children’s author Walter Dean Myers passed away at age 76. He was known for writing gritty novels for teens including Fallen Angels, Sunrise Over Fallujah, and Monster. He was the recipient of two Newbery Honors, three National Book Award nominations, and six Coretta Scott King awards.
5. After the city council called for the removal of a Little Free Library a nine-year old boy had installed in his yard, the boy fought back. The matter hasn’t been resolved yet, but his campaign has earned the support of thousands — including Lemony Snicket! I love that this kid is fighting for his library, and boo to the council for trying to take it away. Bad job.