Thursday morning I called Barnes and Noble at Tanglewood Mall with a simple question.
Do you have any copies of “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky? I asked.
The answer was no.
“I can order you a copy,” the clerk said. “We’re all sold out.”
“Wallflower” was out of stock at the Valley View Barnes and Noble, too. And at Ram’s Head Book Shop in Towers Shopping Center. A colleague managed to snag the last copy at Books-A-Million.
That’s one of life’s little ironies that must gall the book-banners.
Every now and then they grab a handful of passages from a volume, take them out of context, paint a frightening picture of innocence lost and tender lives ruined, and shrilly demand it be yanked off bookshelves.
And it always backfires.
Suddenly the book becomes something teens actually want to read. They run to the bookstores and libraries. Sales climb, authors gain influence and publishers make more money.
Read the rest of the column here.
Previous coverage by Courtney Cutright is here.
Here’s what readers are saying on our books blog, The Back Cover.
Read WorldNetDaily’s bizarro story here.
The father’s original complaint to the principal is on Star City Harbinger, under the hilariously headlined: Wednesday Night Noir: The wacky email that started it all
My personal favorites:
“While I don’t believe in censorship, there is no reason our kids should have to deal with adult issues at the urging of a teacher. This woman should’ve lost her job and been blacklisted.”
“Firing is not strong enough, for this teacher, she should be jailed………I don’t know on what charge, you think of something.”