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Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Name Removed From Book Award Over Racism Concerns

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, has removed famed author Laura Ingalls Wilder’s name from an award citing “expressions of stereotypical attitudes inconsistent with ALSC’s core values.” 

 

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The ALSC decided to change the name on Saturday, changing it from the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal to the Children’s Literature Legacy Award.

 

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Historically, Wilder’s work was met with racially conscious criticism during the author’s lifetime. The books themselves were not written with people of color in mind and are filled with phrases that are unacceptable today. Wilder has apologized for her own work and amended a line in Little House on the Prairie that said Kansas had “no people, only Indians,” changing it to “no settlers, only Indians.” 

 

The ALSC’s decision to remove Wilder’s name from the award is not a call to censor or remove her books from shelves, but an acknowledgement of the fact that the Little House books are not for everyone, and never have been. The award will continue to highlight and award children’s literature, just without Wilder’s name and legacy attached to it.

 

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The Great American Read Invites Americans to Vote For Their #1 Book

PBS recently revealed a list of the most beloved books in America. But of the 100 titles listed, which is the fan favorite? PBS is hoping to find out.

 

PBS has launched a national reading event called The Great American Read in order to both encourage reading as well as celebrate successful literary works. 

 

In addition to the reading portion, the event will feature an eight-part televised series that will depict documentary segments, interviews with celebrities, authors, and readers across the country. The first televised segment, which will last two-hours, will air on May 22 on PBS affiliate stations and will continue through the fall, commencing in October 2018.

 

According to PBS, The Great American Read, “Investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.”

 

 

 

The massive list of beloved literary works reflect readers’ eclectic tastes with the inclusion of diverse titles. It includes classic favorites like F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series to E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey (hey, we didn’t pick the list, folks). 

 

Bookworms are encouraged to participate by reading the chosen books and they will also help to decide the number one book by voting for their choice online anytime between the premiere on May 22 until October 2018.

 

For additional information on how the top 100 books were chosen, program information, and more check out the link to PBS here.

 

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Jesmyn Ward and Kevin Kwan Included on Time’s 100 Most Influential People of the Year List

Two of the most talked about authors of 2018 are finding their names spoken once more, this time by Time Magazine.

 

Jesmyn Ward and Kevin Kwan, authors of Sing, Unburied, Sing, and Crazy Rich Asians respectively have been named on Time’s 100 Most Influential People of 2018 list.

 

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Ward, whose critically-acclaimed novel has won numerous awards including the National Book Award for Fiction, was listed under the pioneer category. As is tradition for Time‘s list, peers of the winners write congratulatory notes in celebration.

 

Of Ward, Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels wrote:

 

“Jesmyn captures the African-American experience with authenticity and nuance. She is a modern-day William Faulkner, painting tapestries of an America that has not been heard.”

 

 

Kwan, whose comedic novel challenged racial stereotypes, was nominated under the icon category.

 

Of Kwan, actress Constance Wu wrote:

 

“Kwan doesn’t focus on making Asians cool; he focuses on making our stories whole. The bits we’re proud of, the bits we try to hide, the tremendous heart that beats underneath it all.”

 

Time’s annual list celebrates the significant impact of individuals whose time is now, according to editor Edward Felensenthal.  Though the selection process has garnered controversy since the first publication in 1999, and most recently with the inclusion of Donald Trump, it’s largely seen as an honor to those whose names are included.

 

In this case, the naming of Ward and Kwan is also an achievement for the literary world, as it further acknowledges the impact that written words, and the voices behind those words, can have on the world. 

 

 

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Kendrick Lamar Just Won a Pulitzer Prize and No One Saw it Coming

So it’s safe to say that after Beyonce’s Coachella performance, and the news that Kendrick Lamar has won a Pulitzer Prize, 2018 has been salvaged a little.

 

The first of its kind, Kendricks hip hop album DAMN won the Pulitzer Prize for Music. While the announcement of his win is a bit of a shock considering its the first album that has won that isn’t jazz or classical, it makes sense as Lamar has made a huge impact on hip hop, music, and culture since the release of his first album.
 

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 Andrew Sean Greer’s 2017 novel Less won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The book follows a failed novelist’s journey traveling the world to avoid his ex-boyfriend’s wedding. Greer’s novel takes a more satirical look at the ‘American abroad’ narative, with the New York Times calling it “…the funniest, smartest, and most humane novel I’ve read since Tom Rachman’s The Imperfectionists.” Arthur Less, the main character of Greer’s novel, travels from New York to Paris, Berlin, Morocco, southern India, and Kyoto just to attending literary seminars, events, and festivals all while trying to avoid having to go to his ex-boyfriend’s wedding.

 

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Watch Angie Thomas Discuss Her Inspiration Behind ‘The Hate U Give’

The Hate U Give follows sixteen-year-old Starr after witnessing her unarmed best friend Khalil’s murder at the hands of a cop. The book has won the £5,000 Waterstones Book of the Year award. 

 

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and established to draw attention to the number of unarmed African Americans unlawfully killed by police, it takes its title from the late rapper Tupac Shakur, who said that the phrase Thug Life was an anagram for “The Hate U Give Little Infants Fucks Everybody.”

 

 

In this interview, Angie Thomas discussed the inspiration behind her novel: the 2010 killing of Oscar Grant and numerous other high profile deaths of unarmed black people. Thomas credits Tupac with the book’s title, calling the rapper her favorite due to his activism both through his music and his life, the  same way Thomas hopes to use writing. 

 

The book is a New York Times bestseller and was a finalist for the National Book Award last year, as well as winning the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Young Adult Fiction and the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Debut Goodreads Author. A film adaptation starring Amandla Sternberg is underway and is set for release later this year. 

 

Check out the full interview below!

 

 

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