Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
'The Holy Bible' Makes Library Association's List Of Most 'Challenged' Books
Many books are challenged because of "sexually explicit" content or content "unsuited for age group." Courtesy of American Library Association
The Holy Bible, along with several other books that incorporate aspects of religion, made the American Library Association's list of top 10 most challenged books in 2015. At No. 6 on the list, the Bible was challenged for "religious viewpoints," based mainly "on the mistaken perception that separation of church and state means publicly funded institutions are not allowed to spend funds on religious information," said Deborah Caldwell Stone, deputy director of the American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom — the organization that tracks the book challenges. But the Bible wasn't the only book on the list to be challenged on religious grounds. The novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was challenged for religious viewpoint and "atheism," as well as for offensive language. MORE