October 1, 1999 |
Comstockery and bowdlerism have been menacing artistic expression since long before the eras of either Anthony Comstock or Thomas Bowlder, the men whose names became wedded to literary censorship. Bowlder published a G-rated volume of Shakespeare in 1818, and Comstock, as secretary of the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice in the 1870s, helped destroy 160 tons of literature and pictures he deemed immoral.
January 18, 2005 |
A book about a Japanese American girl growing up in the South and another about a kitten who mistakes the moon for her bowl of milk garnered top honors on Monday from the American Library Assn. "Kira-Kira," by Cynthia Kadohata, received the 2005 John Newbery Medal at the ALA's annual meeting in Boston. The award honors outstanding writing in a book for young people. A 15-member committee of librarians and children's literature experts selected "Kira-Kira," said committee head Susan Faust.
July 2, 1991 |
The Justice Department on Monday issued proposed regulations to control the spread of child pornography, but the action brought immediate criticism and the promise of renewed litigation from arts, library and publishing groups.
September 27, 1988 |
The American Library Assn. on Monday began its seventh annual Banned Books Week, a campaign designed to focus attention on the dangers of censorship. The association maintains a group that monitors attempts to ban books at libraries and schools nationwide. Some of the titles from its 1987-88 list of "Books Some People Consider Dangerous" include: * "The Wizard of Oz" by Lyman Frank Baum, challenged in Church Hill, Tenn.
November 5, 1989 |
The FBI ran background checks on more than 250 Americans who protested a controversial library surveillance program in an effort to learn whether the critics were backed by Soviet intelligence services, according to FBI documents released Saturday. An FBI spokesman acknowledged that the bureau had run "minimal checks" on critics of the program, but he insisted that the FBI had not undertaken a large-scale effort to discredit librarians or civil libertarians who objected to the library visits.
March 6, 1988 |
While some of us had the chance to visit Indian pueblos when we were in school, we were still left with the impression that these were settlements rather than remnants of civilizations. This thinking was no doubt influenced by our textbooks, which looked back at the descendants of our nation's family--the Greeks and Romans--rather than at the older, roughly comparable progenitors of our land--the Mayas and the Aztecs.