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

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

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

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

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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Teaser Trailer Released for Guillermo del Toro’s PINOCCHIO

Teaser Trailer Released for Guillermo del Toro’s PINOCCHIO

Guillermo del Toro animated version of Pinocchio, inspired by Gris Grimly’sillustrated edition of the book, was announced in 2018. It stars Ewan McGregor as Cricket (the narrator), and other announced cast members include Cate Blanchett and Tilda Swinton. Geppetto will be voiced by David Bradley and Pinocchio by Gregory Mann. [embedded content][embedded content] The trailer is less than a minute long, and reveals little about the specifics of the movie other than the animation style. It will be released on Netflix December 2022. Find more news and stories of interest from the book world in Breaking in Books. Today In Books...

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Take Back Your Book: An Author’s Guide to Rights Reversion and Publishing on Your Terms With Katlyn Duncan

Take Back Your Book: An Author’s Guide to Rights Reversion and Publishing on Your Terms With Katlyn Duncan

Take Back Your Book: An Author’s Guide to Rights Reversion and Publishing on Your Terms With Katlyn Duncan Did you find this useful? Please spread the word :) I use cookies to ensure that I give you the best experience on this website. If you continue to use this site, I will assume that you are happy with this. Thank you. OkRead more

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Thích Nhất Hạnh, Buddhist Monk, Activist, and Author, Dies at 95

Thích Nhất Hạnh, Buddhist Monk, Activist, and Author, Dies at 95

Beloved Buddist monk, peace activist, and prolific spiritual author Thích Nhất Hạnh died at exactly midnight January 22, 2022, at the Từ Hiếu Temple in Huế, Vietnam. He was 95 years old. Nhất Hạnh, born in Vietnam, founded the Plum Village Tradition, the inspiration for engaged Buddhism. That term was coined by Nhất Hạnh in his book Vietnam: Lotus in a Sea of Fire. This socially-engaged Buddhism, which encourages an individual’s role in creating change, was the core of Nhất Hạnh’s life. He advocated for nonviolent solutions to conflict and ethical treatment toward animals, among other ecological and humanitarian efforts....

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The 5 Best Book Marketing Questions to Ask a Publicity Company

The 5 Best Book Marketing Questions to Ask a Publicity Company

Reading Time: 4 minutesI can tell you very honestly that the best book marketing campaigns are created and executed when the author, and the marketing team, are all on the same page about goals and expectations. Of course, your book has to be amazing, and the readers have to resonate with it – but finding those readers and making those connections is critical, and a good book marketing plan is the first step in getting to the next level with your brand. So I wanted to compile a list of 5 questions you should be asking any book publicity team...

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Little Free Library’s Action Book Club has an Environmental Theme in 2022

Little Free Library’s Action Book Club has an Environmental Theme in 2022

Since 2017, Little Free Library has run the Action Book Club, a book club where “participants read books on timely topics, engage in lively discussions, and take part in meaningful—and fun—group service projects to benefit their communities.” Participants sign up their local group, read a book on the topic, do a service project based on the theme, and then share their story online to encourage others to do the same. Action Book Club has 1,400 registered clubs and 65,000 members of all ages in 45 countries, and they’ve announced that their theme for 2022 will be In Our Nature, “honoring...

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