These "intellectual freedom" people call me all sorts of names like Hitler, the Taliban, an un-American censor, a Christian nut, a right-wing commentator, a pro-filter activist, an anti-porn activist, you name it. The Holy Bible is frequently a target as well, like one person calling it a "salaciously smutty, pornographically perverted tome." That's okay, my friends like Know Your Library (St. Louis, MO) thank me and cases like US v. ALA are my support.
Be that as it may, I have the pleasure of corresponding with a number of authors. Really, this is part of the fun I have running SafeLibraries. Here are some of the authors, in alphabetical order, whom I now consider my email friends:
- KL Going, author of "Fat Kid Rules the World."
- See "Another Book Challenge," by KL Going, Collected Wisps of Thought, 16 August 2007.
- John Green, author of "Looking For Alaska."
- See "Porn Pushers - The ALA and Looking For Alaska - One Example of How the ALA Pushes Porn On Children," by Dan Kleinman, SafeLibraries.org, 27 March 2006.
- Brent Hartinger, author of "The Geography Club."
- See "What to do About Sexually Explicit Teen Books?," by Brent Hartinger, AS IF! Authors Support Intellectual Freedom, 28 March 2006, wherein I am referenced by my old moniker, plan2succeed.org.
- Felice Picano, author of "The Joy of Gay Sex."
- See "Dear Felice Picano, 'The Joy of Gay Sex' Co-Author," by Dan Kleinman, SafeLibraries, 12 October 2008, including comments.
- Jason Rich, author of "Growing Up Gay in America."
- See "Speaking With Jason Rich, Author of Growing Up Gay in America," by Dan Kleinman, SafeLibraries, 22 August 2008.
- Jordan Sonnenblick, author of "Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie."
Thanks for recommending our books to readers. Though I assume you don't mean to recommend the ones with swear words and sex in them.to which I responded, evidencing total consistency in my message and my joy in corresponding with authors, in this case KL Going:
As to recommending your books, parents should check some of them out first, but I'm not the judge or censor people claim I am so as to defend the ALA's propaganda. I do know you authors are genuinely interested in writing interesting and relevant material, and that is yet another reason why it is so interesting to have this conversation with you.Anyway, I enjoy what I do and I'm happy to have corresponded with a number of authors whom I now consider my friends and with whom I occasionally correspond.
KL Going's book, "Fat Kid Rules the World," for example. I would not give that book to my kid, but certain children are really reached by that book, and parents will know if the book is right for their children. But it should not be shotgunned out on all children without warning by public institutions. I think even KL Going believes that, and I have corresponded with her on this. It's on her own web blog. She, like the rest of you, is a really fine author reaching out to many children. None of this would even be happening if you folks weren't writing good books. Keep it up.
Speaking of my support for authors, allow me to highlight the efforts of Brent Hartinger. Brent has just begun a new venture and it's very interesting. He has created:
a brand spanking new website, TheTorchOnline.com, devoted entirely to fantasy: movies, TV, games, theater, books, web series, graphic novels, etc. I'm the editor, and we will have daily-updated reporting of fantasy-related news, commentary, interviews, and reviews in both text and video format.Please go visit TheTorchOnline now, right now, and subscribe to get the latest fantasy news, etc. And check out Brent's new book, Project Sweet Life.
Thank you to all authors for helping make life so interesting for so many. Please don't let my efforts to balance the ALA's misinformation in local communities let you think I do not support you 100%, no matter what you write.