as-howarth said: Hey John, what is your reaction to the news that the Riverside district has chosen to ban TFIOS from middle school libraries on the grounds that it deals with mortality and sex? I remember your reactions to similar situations concerning your books have been pretty animated and wondered what you thought?
I guess I am both happy and sad.
I am happy because apparently young people in Riverside, California will never witness or experience mortality since they won’t be reading my book, which is great for them.
But I am also sad because I was really hoping I would be able to introduce the idea that human beings die to the children of Riverside, California and thereby crush their dreams of immortality.
Just another reminder that keeping people from reading books that deal with unpleasant things (like death) does not actually keep them from having to confront the reality of those unpleasant things in life. And also a reminder that this week happens to be Banned Books Week.
Charles Dickens, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, & Mark Twain“The concept for this biographical book cover series was centered around the author’s place of origin, and features elements that directly reference those places. A papercraft technique was used to create a three dimensional landscape scene which would enforce the idea of the author’s setting and help achieve a sense of cohesiveness through out the series.I chose to incorporate fences and other small icons to depict the author’s life and to help illustrate what kind of environment these literary legends were exposed to and how that had direct influence on some of the most famous stories in history.”
Those are lovely.
The exhibition “Bound and Beyond: Structure in Book Art,” opens this Friday, September 19, and runs through October 10 in the UWM Union Art Gallery. Drawn primarily from the Book Arts Collection in Special Collections at the UWM Libraries, this show explores the innovative, structural ways in which artists conceive of the book as art. Max Yela, head of UWM’s Special Collections, will offer the opening gallery talk this Friday at 7 pm. Here’s a sampling of book works in the show.Jeffrey Morin. “Sacred Space.”Stevens Point, Wis., sailorBOYpress, 2003.Maryann Riker. “Women’s Work 1.”Phillipsburg, N.J.: JUSTARIP Press, 2009.Jessica Poor. “Surrogate #5, Male.”Milwaukee, Wis.: Fez Monkey Press, 2006.Linda Smith. “House of Cods.”Phoenix, Ariz.: Picnic Press, 1996.Jody Williams. “Still Sense.”Minneapolis, Minn.: Flying Paper Press, 2008.Roberta Lavadour. “Relative Memory II”Pendleton, Or.: Mission Creek Press, 2008.Karen Hanmer. “Bluestem”Glenview, Ill.: Karen Hanmer, 2006.Claire Van Vliet. “Night Street.”West Burke, Vt.: Janus Press, 1993.Caren Heft. “Human Volcano.”Stevens Point, Wis.: Arcadian Press, 2013.Petra Press. “I Want a Prenup.”Milwaukee, Wis.: Petra Press, 2005.Daniel Kelm. “Neo Emblemata Nova.”Easthampton, Mass: Wide Awake Garage, 2005.