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Lee Hadden writes: \"Georgia\'s Center for the Book will release today a list of the 25
books that every Georgian should read. These are either books by Georgian
authors, or set in Georgia. Culled for 1,500 entries and over 200 titles
(an interesting bibliography in itself!), these books are promoted in
colleges, schools and public libraries around the state. Similar programs
in other states were very successful in promoting reading, especially among
adults. Read more about it at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Classic novels are making a difference in the lives of some troubled kids in a Santa Barbara detention center. According to the article, \"the Great Book Club began with one book, one member, and one librarian. Many juvenile offenders who used to \"flash gang signs, swear or just stare at the ceiling in their cells, now while away their evenings with Charles Dickens, Ernest Hemingway and Jack London.\" more... from Santa Barbara News Press.
Bob Cox sent along Another Story on the lawsuit that never seems to die, over \"The Wind Done Gone\".
A court in Atlanta sent a copyright-infringement lawsuit filed against the publisher of \"The Wind Done Gone\" back to a lower court yesterday but expressed doubts about its eventual success.
\"We reject the district court\'s conclusion that SunTrust has established its likelihood of success on the merits,\" the court said in its opinion.
They also say when it first happened, Bible sales increased 10 or 15 percent.
Sarah Hepworth writes \"Hundreds of novels published end up in recycling bins, where they are destined to be shredded, according to The Times newspaper.
They say it\'s the publishers fault, publishing too many books that no one wants to read.
\"That\'s a terrific amount of wastage. It\'s a crying shame,\" Brian Oldfield from Paper Hub told The Times.
Access to the book, \"It\'s Perfectly Normal\" has been restricted at the Anchorage School District. After listening to several hours worth of testimony by those both for and against such action, the board voted 6-1 to restrict the book. Elementary schoolchildren will only be able to check out the book with parental permission. Those who support the book feel that it provides a candid and honest look at sexual health.\" Others feel that because it contains drawings of people having sex and masturbating, it\'s too explicit for young readers. The meeting drew 100 attendees both from the school and the community. more... from The Anchorage Daily News.
In order to assist individuals in locating rare and/or out of print material, OCLC is linking up with Alibris, Inc., a California based rare book database firm. Customers of Alibris will be able to use OCLC\'s World Cat to search for material in libraries. more...
Stephen King\'s book \"Different Seasons\" (which contains the novellas The Body and Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption) has been pulled from a middle school library shelf.
\"West Hernando Middle School has decided to limit the availability of a second Stephen King book after a student was offended by the prison rape scenes in a story that was the basis for the movie The Shawshank Redemption.
A committee of parents, students and staff decided Thursday to pull Different Seasons, a 1982 compilation of four King stories, from shelves accessible to students. Now, it will be kept in a room accessible only to teachers.\"
The Chicago Tribune has an article about the new stage show at the American Girl Place complex in town. I\'m posting this because of a quote from the AG theater director:
"We have a wonderful library of literature, and, as with a lot of theater that is based on literature, our goal is to create the best piece of entertainment we can from that base."
Yeah, but how much theater is based on literature based on expensive dolls?
A number of Louisiana English teachers have spoken out against their school\'s decision to suspend two classics. The teachers had placed \"The Chocolate War\" by Robert Comier and \"The Great Santini\" by Pat Conroythe on required reading lists for student assignments. more... from The Shreveport Times.