- Jay Valle reports on Banned Camp, an effort by book store Book People and the Austin Public Library to push back against censorship and anti-LGBTQ+ aggression. (NBC)
- Speaking of…Brett White talks to drag queens about how they got involved with library story times and about the importance of representation. (Decider)
- Lidia Kulina-Washburn has an important reminder that not every school in the United States even has a library. (EDWeek)
- Danika Ellis has some very pointed comments about “guidelines” for selecting children’s books for school libraries in Florida. To me, it’s clear that there are some adults out there who need to do some remedial reading. (Book Riot)
- Nora Krug asked a bunch of authors how they organize their libraries. I love how idiosyncratic a person’s book collection can be. (Washington Post)
- If you’d like to make some extra cash, Thom Dunn has a tip for you about the apparently booming industry of werewolf erotica. (Boing Boing)
- Emma Goldberg ruminates on what we can learn from people’s letters and casual writing. (Astra)
- Would you go on a cruise with an author? Emily Temple reports that this is now apparently a thing authors are doing. (LitHub)
- Stephen Johnson gleefully reveals the surprisingly long history of a handful of current slang. (Lifehacker)
- You know, when you think about it, Carly Silver is absolutely right: there are a lot of soap opera tropes in fantasy novels. (Tor)
- Erin Bartnett asked librarians about their “rules” for lending their own books to friends. (Electric Literature)
- Joshua Holzer delivers a brief history of Esperanto. (Smithsonian)
- Ellen Jovin offered free grammar advice/venting in Manhattan and now I want to be friends with her. (LitHub)
- …and the latest installment of censorship news, courtesy of Book Riot.
i’m speechless on the library guidelines for Florida… and sad and angry and powerless. Are the teachers complying?
I haven’t heard anything definitive from Florida teachers or librarians, yet. But I know librarians have lost jobs in other states (Oklahoma, Texas, and Iowa) because of efforts in their communities to censor books. I’ve seen gofundme drives for money to support fired librarians and help pay legal costs.