Here's a great story on the effort to ban Sherman Alexie's book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.
Police told local news channel KBOI they had been called by “someone concerned about teenagers picking up a copy of the book [from a local bookstore] without having a parent’s permission.”
Even police seemed to have no idea what they were doing there, and let the book giveaway proceed as planned.
Not only did it go as planned, but when Alexie’s publisher Hachette got word of the incident, they sent Rediscovered an additional 350 copies on the house. So while the book may still be banned in the school curriculum, it’s available free of cost for any kid who wants to stop into Rediscovered and pick one up.
I found this on the front page of Reddit today, and I am just so pleased to read a story that demonstrates how fruitless it is to keep ideas away from people through force of authority.
Truth told, I'm stunned whenever I read about banned books.
It is just such a wrong-headed thing to do.
Anyway, this one goes in the W column.