Posted on December 7, 2023 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Depending on which version of the saying you prefer, history either repeats itself or at least rhymes. 

I'm a big fan of the latter version, but they both tie these two literary posts together, as they're both about efforts to control populations via limiting what they can read.

Historic: Screenwriter and director Ava DuVernay received express permission from German authorities to re-create Nazi-era book burnings where they actually happened in the 1930s.

Why? For a scene in her film Origin, which was inspired by Isabel Wilkerson’s book Caste; Origin opens in limited release tomorrow and widely on January 19.

Contemporary: The Fight Book Bans Act was introduced into Congress yesterday by Rep. Maxwell Frost (D-Florida).

Book Riot notes that it doesn't seek to end book bans directly; rather, it aims to offset the cost that school districts face when books are challenged. 

The bill would appropriate $15 million over the next five years, with each district eligible for up to $100,000.

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