Posted on 09/04/2015 at 12:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The world of literature is no stranger to controversy, so we’ve devoted this week’s roundup to a few recent brouhahas.

(Minus the Hugo Awards. We’re not touching that one right before a holiday weekend!)

The LA Times’ book critic takes certain college students for task for objecting to books they haven’t even read yet. 

Speaking of books you haven’t read — don’t even think of smugly announcing you’ve never read a romance novel if author Kristan Higgins happens to be around.

The Guardian polled readers on which books were overlooked for its best English-language-novel list, and the results are in.

And if you ask the general public whether the latest James Bond author’s comments on casting for the next Bond movie were OK ... you’ll get a resoundingly negative answer.

Books played a supporting role in another art form’s drama as well: A manuscript of the song that became “Happy Birthday To You” was recently found in a University of Louisville library.  (The song is at the center of a high-profile copyright and public domain court case, in case you missed it.)

Finally, The Telegraph compiled 10 controversial covers in a slideshow that is, unsurprisingly, probably not safe for work. But if you're in the U.S., you might already be done for the week — happy Labor Day weekend!

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