Jiang Weiping reunited with his family in Canada

There is an article in today’s Globe and Mail titled “After six years, diplomatic lifeline allows Chinese dissident to reunite with family“. Jiang Weiping, a Chinese journalist who had been put in prison for exposing political corruption. Since he was convicted on subversion charges in 2001, Mr. Jiang’s story was heard around the world. The…

Nazi book burnings

The Tyee recently published a great article, The Urge to Burn Books, on book burnings in Nazi Germany in 1933. I like how Stan Persky brings this historical event into the present with this comparison: So, whenever people burn books — whether it’s the ancient library of Alexandria, Egypt going up in flames nearly two…

ALA’s top ten banned books

Photo credit: florian.b on flickr The ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom just published their list of the top ten banned books from last year. I haven’t read Olive’s Ocean or TTYL yet, but if they really are sexually explicit and have offensive language I will probably enjoy them immensely. 1. “And Tango Makes Three,” by…

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…

highlights from xtra west

Xtra West is Vancovuer’s Lesbian and Gay Biweekly free newspaper. Xtra West has been banned for free distribution at Granville Island and Fraser Valley public libraries, with the ban later rescinded at both Granville Island the the libraries . Here are some recent highlights from their website and print newspaper. This is a clip, of…