Toni Morrison at the Free Speech Leadership Council

Last month a high school in Shelby, Michigan ordered an English teacher to stop teaching students about Toni Morrison’s novel, “Song of Solomon.” Yesterday, Morrison helped the National Coalition Against Censorship launch the Free Speech Leadership Council, a collection of community leaders working together to combat censorship around the country. At the event, Morrison spoke…

Mariko Tamaki’s case for erotica

The amazing Mariko Tamaki (who is a finalist for this year’s Governor General award for Children’s literature*) wrote a nice piece for Xtra ripping apart the misconception that erotica = bad writing. She points out that some of Canada’s top queer female fiction writers, are also skilled at writing a fine dirty story: The assertion…

Little Sister’s Bookstore @ BCLA

Thanks to Janine Fuller for agreeing to speak, to Shannon LaBelle for convening this session at the BCLA conference, and to Ashley Dunne for the following session writeup. Little Sister’s Bookstore: Fighting Censorship in Canada for Over 20 Years Report by Ashley Dunne, SLAIS student Little Sister’s Book and Art Emporium is celebrating their 25th…

Nancy Branscombe and Gina Barber receive IF award

Nancy Branscombe and Gina Barber, City Councilors and Library Board Members from London, ON, are the 2008 recipients of the Award for the Advancement of Intellectual Freedom in Canada. The CLA press release clearly states that librarians were the advocates for internet filtering: The initial impetus for the London Public Library filtering plan did not…

Karen Connelly & Deborah Campbell

When people find out that I’m a librarian they often respond “Oh, I love books”, mostly because I think they don’t know what else to say.  The “I love books” people drive me nuts, and I usually respond with a snarky”I don’t like books at all” or “I don’t read fiction.”  That usually shuts them…

Janine Fuller at SLAIS

Written by and posted on behalf of  Jon Scop Janine Fuller ended her talk to a group of about thirty librarians and library students today by telling us that we inspired her, but I’d venture to say that it was Janine who provided a source of great inspiration to us. Janine has been the manager…