10 Most Challenged Books of 2020

10 Most Challenged Books of 2020

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Every year, the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom releases a list of the top ten most banned or challenged books of the year. They take surveys and reports from libraries, schools, and independent media; and even then, they reported that “82-97% of book challenges remain unreported and receive no media.” That being said, of the 273 books the ALA saw mentioned as being challenged, these are those that were the most recurrent.   George by Alex Gino George focuses on a young, born male, child who knows deep down she is a girl. When the class puts on Charlotte’s Web, George …

Matthew McConaughey Reveals He Was Sexually Abused in His New Memoir “Greenlights”

Matthew McConaughey Reveals He Was Sexually Abused in His New Memoir “Greenlights”

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In his new memoir, Greenlights, Matthew McConaughey defines moments in his life as green, yellow, or red lights (hence the title) that caused him to move forward, pause, or stop. The actor shares the valuable life lessons he’s learned from these experiences, whether they were green light or red light moments. In the memoir, the actor reveals and discusses the sexual abuse he experienced as a teenager.

Hachette Controversy Update

Hachette Controversy Update

You may recall our article from last week on the controversy over Hachette’s choice to publish a memoir from accused sexual abuser Woody Allen. As of our last article, protests were merely hypothetical, but the book community did take a stand, and Hachette employees in New York and Boston even walked out in protest, according to the BBC. Hachette’s initial reaction to objections from Allan’s own son, renown investigative journalist Ronan Farrow (see our original article for more on Farrow and his objections, as well as further background), was tepid at best, and even now, they have been reported as …

Investigative Journalist Calls Out Major Publisher Hachette

Investigative Journalist Calls Out Major Publisher Hachette

Renown Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and author of Catch and Kill, Ronan Farrow, has cut ties with that book’s publisher, Hachette (publisher behind imprints Grand Central, Little Brown, and many more), after the imprint’s controversial decision to publish a memoir written by his father, Woody Alan, who has many allegations against him for sexual assault of his adoptive daughters, both as adults and children. Read a concise breakdown of those allegations here. Farrow says in his announcement tweet (see below) that he is disappointed, especially in light of the fact that other major publishing houses have rejected the work, citing commercial …