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Tennessee School District Bans ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’

booksA Tennessee school district has banned British author Mark Haddon‘s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time for its use of profanity.

The Wilson County School Board in Tennesee pulled the mystery novel, which is about an autistic teenager investigating the death of his neighbor’s dog, from a 9th grade reading list this week.

The Tennesseean reports: “The board voted 3-1 to remove the book from the list of approved reading in the school district. One board member was absent. ‘The F-bomb is pretty common in that book, and that’s what I have a problem with,’ said board member Wayne McNeese, who received complaints about the book from some of his constituents. ‘I’m not dumb enough to think students don’t hear that language, but it doesn’t mean we should promote it.’”

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Authors Fight Ban on Books in UK Prisons

photoBritish authors Phillip Pullman and Mark Haddon are among many that have spoken out to stop new rules that restrict access to books among prisoners in the UK.

“Any government worth having would countermand this loathsome and revolting decision at once, sack the man responsible, and withdraw the whip from him,” Pullman told The Guardian.

Mary Sweeney launched a Change.org petition today urging Rt. Hon. Chris Grayling MP to “review and amend” the new rules. The petition has already generated more than 5,000 signatures. Here is an excerpt from the petition: “Access to books can be crucial for education and rehabilitation. Access to family items are important for continued family connection, and should not additionally punish children of prisoners who need contact.” (Via The Guardian).

Fashion Designer Paul Smith Works on Granta Cover

Granta magazine worked with fashion designer Paul Smith to create the cover for its upcoming issue, Granta 119.

Dedicated to the theme of “Britain,” the issue will be released in the U.K. on May 10th and in the U.S. on May 17th.  Contributing writers include Adam Foulds, Mark Haddon, Robert Macfarlane and Rachel Seiffert.

In the release, Granta artistic director Michael Salu explained the cover: “Britain’s oldest literary magazine creating an issue on ‘home’ needed a package of distinction. Why not ask a revered British designer to collaborate on creating the cover for ‘Britain?’ We worked with Sir Paul Smith and his team to create an image that we feel is beautiful yet disquieting and saturated with generations of British identity and understanding.”