January 2022

Students Called Radicals by Superintendent Fundraise for Freedom to Read

On January 25th, Granbury Independent School District in Texas pulled 100 books for review based on Matt Krause’s list of 850 books he wants banned from school libraries. Five books were pulled from shelves. Students spoke out at the board meeting, saying, We want to learn about things that may not be the prettiest or the most comfortable, but we as students are entitled to complete knowledge… In response, superintendent of the district Jeremy Glenn said, Let’s not misrepresent things. We’re not taking Shakespeare, Hemingway off the shelves, and we’re not going and grabbing every socially, culturally, or religiously diverse...

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Book Riot’s Deals of the Day for January 30, 2022

Today's Featured Deals In Case You Missed Yesterday's Most Popular Deals Previous Daily Deals The Ladies of the Secret Circus by Constance Sayers for $2.99 For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten for $4.99 A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler for $1.99 Darling by K. Ancrum for $2.99 The Perks of Loving a Wallflower by Erica Ridley for $2.99 His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope by Jon Meacham for $4.99 The Body by Bill Bryson for $1.99 At Night All Blood Is Black by David Diop, trans. Anna Moschovakis for $2.99 Dust Bowl...

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Book Riot’s Deals of the Day for January 29, 2022

Today's Featured Deals In Case You Missed Yesterday's Most Popular Deals Previous Daily Deals Dust Bowl Girls by Lydia Reeder for $1.99 Seraphina by Rachel Hartman for $1.99 Beastiary by K-Ming Chang for $4.99 Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender for $4.99 The Host by Stephenie Meyer for $1.99 The Bollywood Bride by Sonali Dev for $1.99 Amal Unbound by Aisha Said for $2.99 Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses by Kristen O'Neal for $2.99 Jade City by Fonda Lee for $4.99 Birds Of A Lesser Paradise by Megan Mayhew Bergman for $1.99 Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron for...

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Book Riot’s Deals of the Day for January 28, 2022

BookClubbishToday's edition of Daily Deals is sponsored by BookClubbish. Today's Featured Deals In Case You Missed Yesterday's Most Popular Deals Previous Daily Deals Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron for $2.99 The Nine Lives of Rose Napolitano by Donna Freitas for $1.99 A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan for $2.99 The Witching Hour by Anne Rice for $2.99 The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall for $.99 Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy for $2.99 Master of Poisons by Andrea Hairston for $2.99 First Love, Take Two by Sajni Patel for $2.99 Claire Dewitt And The...

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Tennessee School Board Bans Graphic Novel Maus Right Before Holocaust Remembrance Day

On January 10, a Tennessee school board voted 10-0 to remove the graphic novel Maus by Art Spiegelman. The Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel was the “anchor text” for an eighth grade language arts curriculum and was about the experiences of the author’s Jewish parents while they were in Nazi concentration camps. The vote came as a result of the McMinn County Board of Education’s complaints of the graphic novel’s use of profanity and nudity. There are a grand total of eight curse words within Maus’s 295 pages. Tony Allman, one of the board members in attendance, admitted “I understand that...

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How To Reverse Engineer Your Author Marketing Success: Book Marketing Podcast Episode

Reading Time: 2 minutes How productive did you feel yesterday? I like starting off asking that question, because it often sets the stage for this discussion. If you’re like most of us, you maybe felt sort of productive, but wished you could have done more. Perhaps that’s a reality, but maybe you aren’t being realistic about where you’re wanting to go with your author marketing plan. We’ve talked a lot about goal setting and gratitude in terms of succeeding as an author, but this podcast is really less granular and broader in scope. It’s also about the mindset of success...

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Mayor Withholds Library Funding Until All LGBTQ Books are Removed

Ridgeland, Mississippi mayor Gene McGee is withholding $110,000 from the library system until all “homosexual materials” are removed. He stated that these books “went against his Christian beliefs” and will not be funding the library until they are removed, specifically naming The Queer Bible as a title that needs to pulled from shelves. Tonja Johnson, executive director for the Madison County Library System, told McGee that the library is not a religious institution: “I explained that we are a public library and we serve the entire community. I told him our collection reflects the diversity of our community.” McGee told...

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How to Get More Book Publicity as a Self-Published Author

Reading Time: 5 minutesWe all love getting more attention for our book, and book publicity is a big “get” for most authors. However, media often seems like this elusive butterfly for most authors. Always attractive, but often out of reach. Though, not impossible. It just takes a different kind of effort. But first, let’s dig into the differences between book marketing and book publicity. Book Marketing vs. Book Publicity, what’s the difference? If you ask five publicists their views on the differences between marketing and book publicity, you could very well get five different answers. The lines are sometimes blurry....

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