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Midweek Pick-Me-Up: Banned Books Week Edition!

JK Evanczuk / Wednesday, September 30, 2009 Comments Off

This week: Banned Books Week, R.L. Stine, literary recommendations, and some witchcraft, after the jump.

A map of banned books in honor of Banned Books Week.

OMFG: Diablo Cody is bringing Sweet Valley High to the big screen. And–deliciously incongruously–also possibly a Hugh Hefner biopic.

A self-published Indiana author’s recent book has led the police to re-open the case of a death of a little girl. When I read the title of the article I was kind of hoping that the author was secretly the murderer fictionalizing his crime, but no cigar. It’s an interesting article nonetheless.

HTMLGIANT interviews R.L. Stine, my childhood self squeals with glee.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude has been declared the most influential piece of literature in the past 25 years.

If you liked our list of microfiction, check out Last Drink Bird Head, a collection of flash fiction for charity.

The Bush White House denied J.K. Rowling the Presidential Medal of Freedom because “the Harry Potter books encouraged witchcraft.” Afterwards, they tied the woman to a stake and set her on fire. Rowling then performed a simple Flame-Freezing charm and rendered the flames harmless, instead enjoying a gentle tickling sensation.

The David Mamet adaptation of “The Diary of Anne Frank has been dropped by Disney for being “too dark.” Uh. It’s about the Holocaust, what did they expect?

Electric Literature wants you to know about their new blog The Outlet, which is chock full of literary musings and other goodies.

Aaaand this week’s pick-me-up:

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