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Graphic Novel Maus Banned by Tennessee School Board

They objected to language, violence in Art Spiegelman's Holocaust book

(Newser) - Art Spiegelman's Maus, which tells the story of his Jewish parents' experiences during the Holocaust, is the only graphic novel ever to have won a Pulitzer Prize—but a Tennessee school board has decided it doesn't belong in the curriculum. At a Jan. 10 meeting, the McMinn County...

School District to Reconsider 400 Books
Yanks 400

Texas District Yanks 400 Books

Legislator sent a list of 800 titles to review

(Newser) - A letter from a legislator has prompted one of the largest school districts in Texas to look for "obscene or vulgar material" in more than 400 library books. While they're being reviewed, the books will no longer be on library shelves, NBC reports. Republican state Rep. Matt Krause,...

Trump's Ex-DOD Chief Sues Pentagon Over Memoir

Mark Esper says Defense Department is blocking parts of his manuscript it thought were 'too candid'

(Newser) - Mark Esper's memoir, A Sacred Oath, is due out in May from William Morrow, but readers may not see everything he originally included in its pages, thanks to the Pentagon. The former defense secretary in the Trump administration is now suing the agency he once led, claiming that sections...

Trump Is Out With Surprise Photo Book
Trump Is Out With
Surprise Photo Book

Trump Is Out With Surprise Photo Book

'Our Journey Together' is a collection of pics, with captions by the former president

(Newser) - Donald Trump has released a surprise new book, though not a traditional one for a former president. Our Journey Together is a picture book—a collection of more than 300 official White House photographs from his presidency. "My father picked every single photo in this book, wrote all the...

Teachers Told to Pair Holocaust Books With 'Opposing' Views
Teachers Told to Pair
Holocaust Books With
'Opposing' Views
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Teachers Told to Pair Holocaust Books With 'Opposing' Views

Southlake has it wrong, says lawmaker

(Newser) - There's keeping to the letter of the law, and then there's what is happening in Southlake, Texas. A staff member with the Carroll Independent School District, which WAND reports is near Fort Worth, secretly recorded audio of a staff training regarding the books teachers can include in their...

Hatchet Author Gary Paulsen Dead at 82
He Taught a
Generation About
Life in the Wild

He Taught a Generation About Life in the Wild

'Hatchet' author Gary Paulsen dies at 82

(Newser) - Gary Paulsen, the beloved author of more than 200 books about adventure and survival in the wilderness, died Wednesday, according to Publishers Weekly . He was 82. It's sad news not only for those who knew the three-time Newbery Honor author—including his wife, the artist and author Ruth Wright...

'Uncompromising' Writer Takes Home Nobel for Literature

Abdulrazak Gurnah of Tanzania began writing as a 21-year-old refugee in exile

(Newser) - The 2021 Nobel Prize for literature was announced Thursday, an award that has in the past honored poets, novelists, and even a songwriter, Bob Dylan. The AP reports that Tanzanian writer Abdulrazak Gurnah took home the top award, with the Swedish Academy noting the Nobel was in recognition of Gurnah'...

Afghans Hide Books, Paintings as Crackdown on Culture Looms

Taliban says Islamic law will determine what kinds of art are allowed

(Newser) - The bad old days are back in Afghanistan, where artists have hidden or destroyed paintings, musicians have stopped working, and residents are hiding books ahead of an expected Taliban crackdown on art and culture deemed un-Islamic. The group—which banned movies, television, and music during its rule from 1996 to...

Unflattering Trump Details Surface From Grisham Memoir

Former press chief says he only pretended to get tough with Putin in front of cameras

(Newser) - The new memoir by Stephanie Grisham , a press chief under then-President Trump and a top aide to Melania Trump, is now in the hands of journalists. Some of the details making waves:
  • Putin: Grisham writes that when Trump met with Vladimir Putin in Japan two years ago, he leaned in

Netflix Signs Biggest Content Deal Yet

Streaming service buys Roald Dahl's entire catalog, plans 'unique universe'

(Newser) - Netflix has acquired the rights to the estate of Roald Dahl, the late British novelist who brought us some of the most beloved children's books of all time, with plans to create a "unique universe" of offerings based on those works. The company has purchased the Roald Dahl...

Aide With Top Access to Trump, Melania Is Releasing Memoir

'Hard to articulate how much anxiety' Stephanie Grisham's book will cause

(Newser) - Another memoir from a former member of the Trump White House is coming, and Jonathan Swan of Axios notes that it has the potential to be the most damaging one so far. That's because Stephanie Grisham is the only person who worked in top positions for both former President...

Goodreads Has a Review Problem
Goodreads Has
a Review Problem

Goodreads Has a Review Problem

Authors threatened with 'review bombing' unless they pay scammers a fee

(Newser) - Goodreads has become a behemoth in the world of book reviews. Need proof? Look up a book online to check out reviews, and Goodreads—which is owned by Amazon—will frequently turn up first. In theory this is fine. Goodreads "functions as a hybrid social media platform and digital...

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Feared a Trump Coup
Chairman of the
Joint Chiefs
Feared a
Trump Coup

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Feared a Trump Coup

Gen. Mark Milley thought Trump was adopting 'gospel of the Führer': book

(Newser) - America's top general was so worried President Trump would refuse to give up the presidency that he asked confidants if a coup was imminent. So Pulitzer Prize winners Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker of the Washington Post report in I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump's Catastrophic ...

Man Who Fled Nazi Germany Now Has a Bestseller

Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz's 'The Passenger' went out of print in early '40s, but now it's back

(Newser) - A novel that's made its way onto a UK bestseller list has finally found its place in the sun, eight decades after a mostly tepid reaction to its first printing. The Passenger, written by Germany's Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz in 1938, tells the story of Jewish businessman Otto Silbermann...

Restored Novel by Late Author a 'Profound Critique of Racism'

Richard Wright's 'The Man Who Lived Underground' is already a bestseller

(Newser) - More than 60 years after his death, Richard Wright is again a bestselling author, and very much in line with the present. The Man Who Lived Underground, a short novel written in the 1940s and never published in full until this spring, is the surreal but credible story of Fred...

Stacey Abrams Romance Novels See New Light of Day

Woman of varied talents has new thriller coming out, to be followed by romance reissues

(Newser) - Plenty of people know Stacey Abrams, the political organizer, voting rights activist, and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate. Soon, many more will get to know Abrams, the romance novelist . Penguin Random House imprint Berkley has obtained the rights to the first three romance novels Abrams wrote more than 20 years ago...

Meghan Markle Is Soon to Be a Published Author

Duchess' first children's book, inspired by her family, is due out June 8

(Newser) - Meghan Markle can add a new job title to her resume: that of children's author. The Duchess of Sussex will release her first children's book, The Bench, on June 8, reports the Independent . The illustrated story about a "special bond between father and son” told from the...

Author Michael Lewis Finds Heroes, Villains in Pandemic

His book 'The Premonition,' amounts to an indictment of the CDC's response

(Newser) - Those familiar with the books of Michael Lewis (Moneyball, The Big Short, The Blind Side, etc.) know that he loves finding a hero "who gives a defiant middle finger to the conventional wisdom," writes Jennifer Szalai in the New York Times . His latest book, The Premonition , follows...

Best-Selling Biography on Pause After Rape Allegations

Philip Roth biographer Blake Bailey also accused of grooming young students

(Newser) - Acclaimed biographer Blake Bailey has been hit with sexual assault allegations just as he was "approaching what seemed like the apex of his literary career," reports the New York Times . And as a result, Bailey's publisher now says it will stop shipping and promoting his new book,...

Looks Like Amy Coney Barrett's Story Just Got More Lucrative

Supreme Court justice reportedly gets $2M book deal

(Newser) - Local media in Indiana is abuzz after Amy Coney Barrett and her husband put their South Bend home up for sale so they can move to DC, but it appears that's not the only big news for the Supreme Court justice. Three sources tell Politico that the conservative justice,...

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