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Monday, October 23, 2006

This past weekend, I went to New York to see my agent and to attend a conference. It was fabulous to see my agent, as always, and the conference was wonderful. Chris Crutcher, who was on the YA panel, gave an amazing talk--it was very heartfelt, and I actually got all pre-cry lumpy throated during it. I've been sitting here for a bit, trying to think of how to summarize his talk (and wishing I'd taken better notes!), but he discussed his experiences working as a teacher and a therapist and spoke very passionately and eloquently about the necessity of different voices in fiction and how banning books denies readers a chance to explore works whose narrators may have undergone events they have, or share feelings that they do.

So, today, I'm sharing links about banned books:

From Chris Crutcher's website, a guide to teaching banned books, with a focus on his wonderful novels. (note: .pdf file) (if your computer can't view pdf files, you can look at a low-res scan here)

The American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom

Also from the ALA, What You Can Do to Oppose Censorship

And a link I've mentioned before, but one worth mentioning again: As If! Authors Support Intellectual Freedom

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I totally want to hear about the Chris Crutcher thing the next time we talk! I remember really liking his books - I read a bunch of them a few years ago.

Also: Congrats about Stairs!

Jess

October 23, 2006 11:12 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth Scott said...

Thanks for the congrats, and Crutcher really was great. (Also! Just saw BSG--!!!!!!!!!!!!)

October 27, 2006 7:34 AM  

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