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Posts Tagged ‘Francesca Lia Block’

WI Christian Group Seeks to Burn Local Author’s Book

block184.jpgOh wow, we are so jealous.

[T]he complainants seek the right to publicly burn or destroy by another means the library’s copy of Baby Be-Bop.

Francesca Lia Block‘s books are under fire by a bunch of elderly Christians?! We’re trying to put our petty feelings aside and just be happy for her.

From American Libraries:

For the immediate future, West Bend officials will be dealing with the CCLU’s legal claim. Describing the YA novel by celebrated author Francesca Lia Block as “explicitly vulgar, racial, and anti-Christian,” the complaint by Braun, Joseph Kogelmann, Rev. Cleveland Eden, and Robert Brough explains that “the plaintiffs, all of whom are elderly, claim their mental and emotional well-being was damaged by this book at the library,” specifically because Baby Be-Bop contains the “n” word and derogatory sexual and political epithets that can incite violence and “put one’s life in possible jeopardy, adults and children alike.”

The complaint points out that library Director Michael Tyree has “publicly stated that it is not up to the library to tell the community what is appropriate.” Citing “Wisconsin’s sexual morality law,” the plaintiffs also request West Bend City Attorney Mary Schanning to impanel a grand jury to examine whether the book should be declared obscene and making it available a hate crime.

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What Was I Thinking? Reading at Borders

What Was I Thinking-1.jpgThe second-floor of Borders Books in Westwood was shockingly packed on Sunday for the Los Angeles authors’ reading of What Was I Thinking?

Hosted by Wendy Hammers, the readers including Zoe Braverman, Tina Dupuy, Sarah Reinhardt, Deborah Kagan, Francesca Lia Block, Marydeith Burrel, Betty Goldstein, Claudia Handler, Katherine Ruppe, Nora Zelevansky and Mary Margaret Martinez.

We also saw book contributor, former FBLA editor Kate Coe in the audience. She didn’t read. Total let down.

We also met the hilarious, LA staple, cartoonist Mimi Pond who’s work was featured in the book. She was warm, friendly and very sweet to us. And then she asked, “What’s FBLA?”

Guess no one’s perfect.

Media Events 06.21.07

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Thursday 06.21.07
WHAT: Opening night screening of L.A. Film Festival
WHO: Kasi Lemmons, Don Cheadle, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Cedric the Entertainer, Taraji P. Henson, Martin Sheen, co-chair Andy Garcia Cuba Gooding Jr. and many others.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Mann Village Theatre
WHY: Because, once again, Fantastic Four blows.

FRIDAY 06.22.07
WHAT: Film premiere of Ratatouille
WHO: Celebs include Patton Oswalt, Janeane Garofalo, Brad Garrett, John Ratzenberger, Lou Romano, Peter Sohn, celebrity chef Thomas Keller, Julius Calahan, Jake Steinfeld, producer Brad Lewis, writer/director Brad Bird; plus Denise Richards, Hayden Patettiere, Natalie Maines, Adrian Pasdar, Andy Garcia, Hector Elizondo, Greg Grunberg, Masi Oka and many others
WHEN: 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Kodak Theatre
WHY: Because it’ll delight you … and keep you from ever eating at a French restaurant again.

Sunday 06.24.07
WHAT: Reading of essay anthology DAMAGE CONTROL
WHO: Sam Dunn Camp, Rachel Resnick, Francesca Lia Block, Emma Forrest and others.
WHEN: 5 p.m.
WHERE: Chateau Marmont
WHY: As Camp says, “Appetizers, the requisite celebrity sightings at the Chateau, a good book and my talented women pals… Such a deal!”