Why the Fµ¢% Not? Thoughts on Profanity for Writers

Column by Annie Neugebauer March 22, 2017
Whether we’re drafting, networking, tweeting, or teaching, writers have to decide on a level of profanity – even if that decision is subconscious. What should writers consider, and how do we choose?
Dennis Cooper's Blog Returns!

Dennis Cooper's Blog Returns!

News by Peter Derk August 26, 2016
Elated to say that Dennis Cooper's work will return to the web!
Dennis Cooper's Work Taken Down By Google

Dennis Cooper's Work Taken Down By Google

News by Peter Derk July 15, 2016
Has Dennis Cooper lost the last 14 years of his life to censorship?

The Word Is Mightier Than ‘the Pen’: 5 Imprisoned Writers

Column by Ed Sikov
You think you've got it rough? Consider these writers, who landed in 'the pen', either for their politics or their writing. Or both. Or neither.
Booksellers Fight Age Restriction Rule on Bookshop Sites

Booksellers Fight Age Restriction Rule on Bookshop Sites

News by Raine Winters November 9, 2015
How far is too far when it comes to censorship?

Dalton Trumbo: Who He Was And Why We Should Care

Column by Christopher Shultz November 5, 2015
He's the face of the Hollywood blacklist—and he's played by Bryan Cranston in a new movie—but just who is Dalton Trumbo?
FBI Spied on Colombian Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez for 24 Years

FBI Spied on Colombian Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez for 24 Years

News by Raine Winters September 8, 2015
Apparently authors are extremely dangerous.
Tell-All Book Stirs Up Government Trouble

Tell-All Book Stirs Up Government Trouble

News by Raine Winters
Here’s to naming names and telling secrets!
Rare James Joyce Letters Sell for Big Bucks

Rare James Joyce Letters Sell for Big Bucks

News by Raine Winters
The found notes sold for 10 times the guide price on the U.S. market.
Christian Bale from the film adaptation of 'American Psycho'

Police Remove ‘American Psycho’ from Australian Bookstore Shelves

News by Raine Winters July 21, 2015
Because apparently, shrink-wrapped books are a thing.
Clean Reader App Pulls all Books Following Author Controversy

Clean Reader App Pulls all Books Following Author Controversy

News by Raine Winters March 30, 2015
After many authors petitioned for the app to be closed, Clean Reader cleared out its library.
App Allows Users to Sanitize Books for ‘Cleaner’ Reading

App Allows Users to Sanitize Books for ‘Cleaner’ Reading

News by Raine Winters March 9, 2015
Clean Reader can censor any eBook in its library — but should it?
Amazon, Anti-Vaxx, Barnes & Noble, Censorship, News, Self-publishing

Self-Published Book About Not Vaccinating Kids Trolled Hard By Amazon Reviewers

News by Rob Hart February 10, 2015
Here's one of Amazons reviews: "As a carpenter who specializes in itty bitty coffins I can't say enough good things about this book, my customer base has been growing at an epidemic rate!"

The Censorship Games: How a "Ban" can be a Blessing

Column by Leah Rhyne December 11, 2014
When an attempt to censor a graphic novel has the absolute opposite repercussions than the censors intended....
The Picture of Dorian Gray

Turkey Gets Uncensored 'Dorian Gray' At Last

News by Peter Derk
A Turkish publisher has released the first uncensored Turkish translation of 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' by Oscar Wilde.
Dahmer, Satan, And Hitler: How One Woman Was Facebook Censored

Dahmer, Satan, And Hitler: How One Woman Was Facebook Censored

News by Peter Derk May 19, 2014
A New Jersey woman was banned from posting about her family on Facebook after a series of frightening rants and a kidnapping attempt.
Language Ban: The 4 Words You Can't Say On Russian TV

Language Ban: The 4 Words You Can't Say On Russian TV

News by Peter Derk May 9, 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a new law prohibiting curse words in Russian books, movies, music, and stage performances.

Santa’s Naughty Past: A Look at the Long, Hard History of Robert Devereaux’s Santa Claus Chronicles

Column by Cameron Pierce
In 1986, Robert Devereaux wrote the first book in a trilogy of weird, erotic Christmas novels. Nearly thirty years and some censorship controversy later, the trilogy has finally come to a close.
Neverwhere Cover

New Mexico School Temporarily Bans Neil Gaiman's "Neverwhere"

News by Nathan Scalia October 16, 2013
Neil Gaiman's "Neverwhere" is being considered for a ban by a New Mexico high school after a student's mother complained. Because what else is new?
New Goodreads Policy Ruffles Feathers — But is it Censorship?

New Goodreads Policy Ruffles Feathers — But is it Censorship?

News by Dean Fetzer September 25, 2013
In a controversial move, the social book networking site has started targeting reviews and ‘shelves’ which focus on an ‘author’s behavior’, rather than on their books.
YA Fiction Increasingly Targeted by the Book Censors

YA Fiction Increasingly Targeted by the Book Censors

News by Dean Fetzer September 24, 2013
The American Library Association has revealed that attempts to ban books are “increasingly driven by the desire to protect teenagers from tales of sex, drugs and suicide in young adult fiction”.
Library Censorship

Librarian Purposefully Bans a Book as an Exercise in Censorship

News by Christopher Shultz July 18, 2013
When awareness and information just won't cut it, sometimes you have to teach people a lesson. Librarian Scott R. DiMarco did just that.

Why Is The Rolling Stone Cover Controversy Even A Controversy?

Column by Rob Hart July 18, 2013
Some see glorification. Some see journalism. What do you see?
Google bans Tits & Glass

Google Glass Kills Porn App With Amazing Name

News by Dean Fetzer June 5, 2013
After the launch of a third party app specifically for porn, the tech giant changed its Ts&Cs to exclude anything containing "nudity, graphic sex acts, or sexually explicit material".
Bid to censor Anne Frank's 'pornographic' diary fails

Michigan School Refuses to Remove Definitive Version of Anne Frank's Diary From Curriculum

News by Dean Fetzer May 16, 2013
A mother’s attempt to get the full version of the historic diary banned from schools over “pornographic” anatomical descriptions has failed.