The Big Red Button

by Kelli Owen A strange thing happened on my way to convention season this spring. While ordering copies to take on the road, one of my books was banned. Banned. This happened on a rather large retail website whose logo may or may not include a curved arrow reminiscent of a smile. Why? Because an underpaid, overly entitled, customer service...

Authors in the Latino Community You Probably Haven’t Heard Of … But Should Read

J. L. Ortiz Diaz Being Latino can be described as many things. We’re multilingual, friendly and we love to party. Our culture is rich and diverse, our food is full of flavor and our grandparents like to hide the sewing tools in cookie containers. That might seem odd to some, but it’s what makes us Latino and proud. Something that...

The Most Banned Books From 2018

by Margaret Kingsbury Started in 1982 by the Office for Intellectual Freedom, Banned Books Weeks lists the top ten (in this case, eleven) challenged books in the United States using information compiled from media stories and voluntary challenge reports sent to the OIF. 2018’s list contains many books from previous years, with three new additions. There’s a definite emphasis on...