Posted on August 6, 2022 at 4:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

It's never great to hear about books and bookstores facing intense opposition, but the silver lining in these two stories is that the good fight is being fought.

We previously shared news about Virginia politicians using state law to launch obscenity proceedings against Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe and A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas.

A judge ruled that there was "probable cause" to consider the books "obscene for unrestricted viewing by minors," unfortunately, but another organization is joining efforts to push back against proposed bans.

That group is the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (Fire), and it shared news on its website that it and the Woodhull Freedom Foundation have filed an amici curiae brief in defense of the books.

Elsewhere in the South, a bookstore owner continues to stand up to online trolls who want to see her shop shut down.

Alissa Redmond, owner of South Main Book Company in Salisbury, North Carolina, wrote in a column for the Charlotte Observer that a Facebook group called The Confederate Wire has targeted her on and off for the past few years.

But the group's harassment hasn't stopped Redmond, and she explains why in her column.

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