Posted on August 22, 2023 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

A federal judge in Texas still expects to rule on a motion to block the state's new book-rating law before it would take effect on September 1.

Publishers Weekly reports that Alan D. Albright heard oral arguments on that request on August 18, just days after Texas attorneys filed a motion to dismiss the case.

Albright said he needs more time before ruling on either of those two motions, with a second hearing set for August 28.

PW has coverage from the August 18 hearing, which an author in attendance summed up as making "the law seem worse to me than it already did."

The law, which was signed this summer, requires that booksellers rate any book they sell — or have sold in the past — to schools.

If they don't comply, they can't do business with schools.

BookRiot has highlighted some of the 400-plus books that one lawmaker hopes will fall victim to the new law, should it be enacted.

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