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Controversial Books

Literary Works We Disagree With Shouldn't Be Censored

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 10.08.2015 | Arts

If a piece of literature makes you uncomfortable or causes controversy, trying to censor that work, said best-selling author Azar Nafisi, is a "very c...

3 Children's Books Banned In Singapore Over Gay Storylines

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The National Library Board (NLB) in Singapore is standing by its decision to permanently remove from its shelves three children's books featuring plot...

Book for Kids Raises Eyebrows Over Young Gay Character

Tim Federle | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Tim Federle

Shortly after Better Nate Than Ever was released earlier this year, a pattern began to emerge: Librarians who had loved the book and invited me to visit their students were suddenly canceling those visits, backing out for fear of parental backlash.

The Most Controversial Book Of The Summer?

Posted 08.08.2013 | Books

Alissa Nutting's Tampa has been deemed "the most controversial book of summer," as well as a "modern Lolita." It's not all that surprising, consid...

Why Is 'Portnoy's Complaint' Such An Enduring Novel?

Bernard Avishai | Posted 07.31.2012 | Books
Bernard Avishai

Philip Roth's Portnoy's Complaint was a prodigy's most sensational fiction, not coincidentally about a prodigiously articulate hero.

Most Controversial Judy Blume Books

| Posted 02.12.2012 | Books

By Margaret Bristol for Bookish: Way before Katniss fought for her life in "The Hunger Games" and Edward met Bella in "Twilight," before "Sweet Val...

The Most Dangerous Novels Of All Time

| Posted 01.30.2012 | Books

By Emily Temple for Flavorwire: The decades-old controversy over Salman Rushdie’s "The Satanic Verses" has been in the news again recently follow...

Is 9/11 Coloring Book Anti-Muslim?

Posted 11.01.2011 | Chicago

A 36-page "graphic novel coloring book" created by a St. Louis, Mo., publisher is attracting international attention -- and has reportedly sold out of...