Posted on January 8, 2024 at 1:53 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

This news should send chills down everyone's spine: a plainclothes police officer went into a Massachusetts middle school in search of ... a book.

Literary Hub reports that at the end of last year, Great Barrington police responded to an anonymous complaint about Maia Kobabe's book Gender Queer by sending an officer into W.E.B. DuBois Middle School.

More than a hundred local students and school staff hosted a protest that same month in response, says Lit Hub, noting that we should take inspiration from those teens and continue to stand up versus giving in to book-ban fatigue.

And speaking of dangerous books — The Public Domain Review called attention to P.H. Ditchfield’s 1895 compendium Books Fatal to Their Authors.

Of course, tyrants, not the books themselves, actually killed these authors.

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