Friday, September 24, 2010

Around the interwebs

Links!  I have links for you!  (And that is as eloquent as I can be after this exhausting week...)

Oh my, was there a big kerfuffle about censorship and just in time for Banned Books Week.  See, this guy in Missouri objected to Laurie Halse Anderson's book Speak being used in high school English classes because he said that it should be classified as "soft pornography".  He also challenged Sarah Ockler's Twenty Boy Summer and Slaughterhouse Five. And then the interwebs exploded.  Read Laurie's response.  Read Sarah's response.  And Paul Hankins of RAW INK started the Twitter feed #SpeakLoudly, urging people to speak up against censorship.   Oh, and there's a whole list of Speak Loudly posts over at Bookalicious and also at The Reclusive Bibliophile.

I don't know that I have anything to add except I am a librarian and I will Speak Loudly for my patrons' right to read whatever they choose to read.

In other news, Librarian Pirate has compiled a Good Reads list of Mock Newbery titles.  Anybody have a Newbery pick already?

The Cybils panels have been announced!  Congratulations to all the wonderful bloggers who were selected to be judges.  I seriously can't wait to see what's nominated and which books make the shortlists!  Only one week to go until nominations open on October 1, so you'd better be thinking about what books you want to nominate!  I have a couple of mine in mind...

And I think that's all I've got for you.  I am headed back to Chicago this weekend to see my husband John Green and a lot of other fabulous authors at the Anderson's YA Lit Conference on Saturday.  If you will be there, please come say hi to me and Kelly of Stacked.  I promise we are very nice people and I would love to meet you!