Coincidently, while waiting for a backordered copy of the first book banned in New Zealand in over twenty years, I was asked to write about censorship. A subject that inflames my own passion to protect the freedom of expression for all, and something I’ve experienced on a more subtle scale since the publication of DOUBLE EXPOSURE.
Fortunately, Ted Dawe’s book INTO THE RIVER seems to be proving that even oceans away from my Midwestern domicile overt censorship, such as banning a book, even for the “interim,” may be as much a blessing as a curse.
Especially when public outcry brings the censors to their senses.
Moreover, if I’ve learned one thing as a writer over these past twenty years, it’s that readers’ love banned books, especially young readers. When I was a teen, I did. Even today, overtly banning a book makes me want to run out and read it, right away!
How about you?
Educators, librarians and other writers predicted that when DOUBLE EXPOSURE “came out” in the world, there would be those who would either love it or shun it. This has proven to be true, yet completely subjective and unpredictable.~ read more ~