Sunday, October 3, 2010
The Right to Offend: The Univiting of an Author
Recently, the news was abuzz about a young adult author who'd been invited to attend and speak at a Teen Lit Fest in a suburb of Houston. She was subsequently contacted by the superintendent, who uninvited her because some parents had objected to her inclusion because her subject matter was considered provocative. Her books deal with drug addiction, incest and teen prostitution. Ellen Hopkins blogged about her experience here: http://ellenhopkins.livejournal.com/11666.html
Publishers Weekly blog reported on the situation here: http://blogs.publishersweekly.com/blogs/PWxyz/?p=1620
Several authors pulled out in protest, and Superintendent Sconzo (described as "no Atticus Finch" in one article) cancelled the festival altogether.
What do you think about this?