December 5, 2013
We wanted to return the Instagram love you have shown to us this year with all your Out of Print pics.
Tag your #outofprintclothing pics with #OutofPrintFan and we will be selecting one lucky fan a day to win a $50 Out of Print gift card from now until December 20!
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December 3, 2013
Did you know that children who are not reading proficiently by third grade are four times less likely to graduate from high school than their reading proficient peers?
That is why starting today, December 3rd, we are doing a fundraiser that will help sponsor a reading program right here in Brooklyn, New York through READ Alliance. READ Alliance is a New York-based educational organization that works to improve the educational trajectory of at-risk kindergarten and first grade students through one-to-one tutoring in foundational reading skills.
Since 2000, READ has:
- Helped over 12,000 at-risk kindergarten and first grade students learn to read
- Supported community service opportunities and employment for over 9,000 inner city teens
- Collaborated with hundreds of schools and community based organizations
- Provided half a million hours of one-to-one tutoring in reading
The other great thing about READ Alliance is that teens are recruited and trained to provide the tutoring. This means READ prepares two at-risk populations for continued academic and personal achievement.
How can you help? It’s simple. A portion of our sales this holiday season will be donated to READ Alliance. Every time you place an order, you are helping us fund tutors, training and instructional materials for the program. Help give the gift of reading this holiday season.
And please check back with us on our blog and social media this month as we update our progress and highlight some of the people who have benefited from READ Alliance.
Find out more about READ Alliance here.
November 7, 2013
In 1957, Albert Camus won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Below is an amazing letter he wrote to his former teacher shortly after winning the award. (via Letters of Note)
Happy National Cat Day from all the cats of Out of Print!
September 27, 2013
The Top 6 Challenged Books of 2012, according to the ALA, as reported by the Office of Intellectual Freedom. Reasons include: offensive language, sexually explicit, homosexuality, unsuited for age group.
Today’s banned/challenged focus: Judy Blume.
“But it’s not just the books under fire now that worry me. It is the books that will never be written. The books that will never be read. And all due to the fear of censorship. As always, young readers will be the real losers.”
Five Judy Blume books (highlighted here) were on the ALA list of the 100 most frequently challenged books: 1990-99. Four of these (excluding Deenie) were also on the 2000-09 list.
September 24, 2013
Today’s banned/challenged book: Fahrenheit 451
by Ray Bradbury
“Because you don’t have to burn books, do you, if the world starts to fill up with nonreaders, nonlearners, nonknowers? If the world wide-screen-basketballs and -footballs itself to drown in MTV, no Beattys are needed to ignite the kerosene or hunt the reader.” -Bradbury, 1993
September 23, 2013
Today’s book: Invisible Man
by Ralph Ellison.
Last week, the Randolph County School Board of Education in North Carolina voted 5-2 to remove the book from county school libraries after the mother of an 11th-grader complained, writing in her complaint that “this novel is not so innocent; instead, this book is filthier, too much for teenagers.” One of the school board members that voted for the ban said, “I didn’t find any literary value.”
*UPDATE: The school board will meet again on Sept 25 to discuss the ban.*
**Special thanks to Andrei Toth and Kay Johannes for posting about this Invisible Man news on our Facebook page**
September 20, 2013
Today’s banned/challenged book: Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut.
On Nov 16, 1973, Vonnegut responds to a North Dakota school board chairman who authorized the burning of Slaughterhouse-Five because of its “obscene language.” Part of the letter is below:
“…If you and your board are now determined to show you that you in fact have wisdom and maturity when you exercise your powers over the education of your young, then you should acknowledge that it was a rotten lesson you taught young people in a free society when you denounced and then burned books-books you hadn’t even read. You should also resolve to expose your children to all sorts of opinions and information, in order that they will be better equipped to make decisions and to survive.”
Full letter can be found here (h/t Letters Of Note)
Have you seen our banned books match book set?
September 19, 2013
Today’s book: Black Beauty by Anna Sewell.
Banned by the South African government during the apartheid era for the use of the word “black” in the title.
Each one of our special edition banned books match book set has banned book messaging on the back.
September 16, 2013
Today’s banned/challenged book: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.
In 1980, removed from classrooms in Miller, Missouri, for “making promiscuous sex look like fun.”
September 12, 2013
Today’s banned/challenged book: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.
Challenged because of its “ungodly” influence and “for depicting women in strong leadership roles.” In 1957, the director of the Detroit Public Library banned it for having “no value for children today”, for supporting “negativism”, and for “bringing children’s minds to a cowardly level.”
“To the Reader: Twilight” by Chase Twichell
Whenever I look
out at the snowy
mountains at this hour
and speak directly
into the ear of the sky,
it’s you I’m thinking of.
You’re like the spirits
the children invent
to inhabit the stuffed horse
and the doll.
I don’t know who hears me.
I don’t know who speaks
when the horse speaks.
September 10, 2013
Today’s banned/challenged book: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.
In 1931, banned by the Governor of Hunan Province in China on the grounds that “Animals should not use human language, and it was disastrous to put animals and human beings on the same level.”
September 9, 2013
Today’s banned/challenged book is: Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hubert Selby Jr.
Tried under the Obscene Publications Act in the UK in 1966 and was ruled obscene. “The events that take place are the way people are. These are not literary characters; these are real people. I knew these people. How can anybody look inside themselves and be surprised at the hatred and violence in the world? It’s inside all of us.” -Selby, defending the graphic subject matter in his book
September 6, 2013
Today’s banned/challenged book is: Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs.
“‘Disgusting’, they said … ‘Pornographic’ … ‘Un-American trash’ … ‘Unpublishable’ … Well, it came out in 1959, and it found an audience … Town meetings … Book burnings … And an inquiry by the State Supreme Court … That book made quite a little impression …” -William Burroughs
September 5, 2013
Today’s banned/challenged book is: Animal Farm by George Orwell.
Publication delayed until after WWII because publishers found it critical of the Soviet Union. Banned in the USSR for being anti-Communist. Banned in the USA for the communist text in its intro, even though the book was a satire on Stalinism. In 1963, the John Birch Society in Wisconsin challenged the use of the phrase “masses will revolt.”
September 4, 2013
Banned Books Week is Sept 22-28, 2013. We’ll be counting down to the event by posting books that have been banned or challenged and the reasons behind it.
Today’s banned/challenged book is: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison.
Our first book made headlines just last week when an Alabama lawmaker wanted to ban it from high school reading lists because “the book is just completely objectionable, from language to content.”