Book of the Year
Sherman Alexie has a podcase with author Jess Walters. The blog, A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment, is based on a friendship based on "the state of the world to the projects they’re working on to the real important stuff, like professional basketball." Podcast topics cover many areas of interest, including readings from each author. You can subscribe via iTunes.
Thanks Pimm for sharing this new way to hear Sherman Alexie talk about his idea.s
These are the answers from HSU students, faculty and staff who participated in the Banned Book Read-Out when asked the question: "Why is it important to read banned books?"
Why is it important to read banned books?
|it's important to read all books; knowledge = power|
|to learn cultural and societal values that went against the power of the day|
|expand your kind, read all books, especially the banned ones|
|they've got the best material!|
|it's important to read…period. We shouldn't suppress thought or the written word|
|because our written stories are all that will be left of us someday, history isn't subjective|
|because no one person or group of people should be allowed to restrict the uncomfortable, inconvenient or revealing speech of another|
|educate and learn from experiences that may be uncomfortable so that we can make educated decisions ourselves|
Congratulations to Peter Mueller and Harriet Ann Burr who both won copies of Sherman Alexie's "War Dances" by participating in the Banned Book Read-Out today.
Stop by the Library Lobby today between noon and 2 p.m. to hear people from the HSU Community read from their favorite banned or challenged books.
Enter to win a copy of Book of the Year "War Dances" by Sherman Alexie.
Have you read any books by Book of the Year author Sherman Alexie? Did you know that his book "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" has been challenged and banned from classrooms at more than one school? The book, which won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature in 2007, is available from the HSU Library in the Children's Literature Collection on the 2nd floor.
Interested in reading more about the challenge to Sherman Alexie's novel?
- Huffington Post Article: Idaho School System Removes Book From Curriculum After Parental Outrage 04/04/2014
- The Guardian Article: Sherman Alexie young-adult book banned in Idaho schools 04/08/2014
- The Stranger Article: Sherman Alexie's Young-Adult Novel Faces Another Ban 12/21/2012
Some of the banned and challenged books and poems that will be read at the Banned Books Read-Out:
- Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
- Beloved by Toni Morrison
- Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
- Howl for Carl Solomon by Allen Ginsberg
- Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
What book do you want to share? See ALA's list of frequently challenged books:http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/top10
The Read-Out will take place on September 23rd, 2014 in the Library's lobby between 12:00pm and 2:00pm. Register online to guarantee your space to read.
Part of the national Banned Books Week sponsored by the American Libbrary Association .