Posted on 07/01/2022 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Check your calendar — no, not because the month has changed, but because two books are on trial for obscenity in the United States.

The American Civil Liberties Union reports that a Virginia resident initiated obscenity proceedings against Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe and A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas.

The individual's choices are perhaps not surprising, given that both have been at the center of challenges, but the decision to start obscenity proceedings is.

According to the ACLU, few, if any, books have been deemed obscene in the past fifty years.

Several independent bookstores and national organizations representing book distributors, authors, and libraries have filed motions asking the Virginia court to dismiss the proceedings, and the ACLU's national and state chapters are helping represent them in this matter.

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