Posted on August 31, 2023 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

From the coverage we've seen of authors reacting to news that their books were challenged or banned, it's not something they embrace.

But it's especially galling when it's your home state — one where you still live — that's pushing back against your work.

At least that's the case for author John Green (and it makes sense to me, as someone with home-state pride).

Green isn't unfamiliar with efforts to limit access to his novels; the first of them, Looking for Alaska, has been under fire for the past fifteen years because of mentions of drugs and sex.

But a recent push at Indiana's Hamilton East Public Library to move more than 1,800 YA books — including his own — out of reach feels personal to him.

Read about Green's reaction to this particular book restriction effort in The New York Times.

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Ignorance is not bliss. Let each of us in a democracy determine what is congruent with our own beliefs and what is not.
Melody Ballard | 8/31/23 at 4:21 PM
I am against censorship of books. As a long time member of ALA it is the parent that should make the determination of what should be prohibited in any library. My grandmother used to tell me “ how can you know what you’re against unless you read or discuss the subject.” Ignorance is not bliss. I have reviewed books for ALA for over 8 years.
Melody Ballard | 8/31/23 at 4:16 PM
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