Controversial Thomas Jefferson Book Finds Home With Glenn Beck

Controversial Book About Thomas Jefferson Dropped By Publisher, Finds New Home With Glenn Beck

News by Rob Hart August 20, 2012
An evangelical author made up a bunch of stuff about former US president Thomas Jefferson for a book later dropped by its publisher. Glenn Beck will now release it. You're welcome, America.
Amazon Under Fire For Selling eBook About Sex Tourism

Amazon Under Fire For Selling eBook About Sex Tourism

News by Rob Hart August 3, 2012
A group that fights child trafficking and exploitation successfully lobbied Amazon to remove a self-published eBook about age of consent laws around the world.

12 Hysterical, Offensive, Ridiculous, Controversial, Frightening, Sexy Book Covers

Column by Joshua Chaplinsky July 30, 2012
They say don't judge a book by its cover, but these 12 designs make it awfully hard not to. Heroic Goodreads Vigilante Or Just Another Bully?

News by Kimberly Turner July 23, 2012
Stalking, threats, furious authors, vigilante’s not a new summer blockbuster; it’s a face-off between online book reviewers and a new anti-bullying website that plays by its own rules.
Race And The New York Times Book Reviews

Does It Matter If You're Black Or White?: Race And The New York Times Book Review

News by Dave Reuss June 13, 2012
A new study claims that 88% of books reviewed by The New York Times are written by white authors. Racism or representative of our population?

A Slap on the Wrist: Excusing the Bad Behavior of Authors

Column by John Jarzemsky June 5, 2012
Authors, more so than creators of any other creative medium, are often excused for their less than reputable personal lives. Why do we cut them slack, and more importantly, should we?
Jonah Goldberg Pulitzer Controversy

National Review Columnist Catching Flak Over Dust Jacket Flap

News by Rob Hart May 10, 2012
National Review columnist Jonah Goldberg claimed that he's a Pulitzer Prize nominee on the dust jacket of his new book--except he's not.
'Fifty Shades of Grey' Banned In Florida

'Fifty Shades of Grey' Books Banned From Libraries In Florida

News by Rob Hart May 9, 2012
'Fifty Shades of Grey' has been banned from the Brevard County Public Libraries system, while books like 'The Complete Kama Sutra' are still available.
Orson Scott Card "Pro-Marriage"

Orson Scott Card Pens Editorial Supporting Controversial "Pro-Marriage" Amendment

News by John Jarzemsky May 8, 2012
Science fiction writer Orson Scott Card has written a column in support of a controversial "pro-marriage" amendment in North Carolina
'The Hunger Games' Inspiring More Racism

'The Hunger Games' Inspiring More Racism

News by Rob Hart May 7, 2012
The popular YA series has been inspiring a fair amount of race issues--which raises some interesting questions about race in fiction.
Vegan is Love

The Children's Book That Has Parents' Panties In A Bunch: 'Vegan Is Love'

News by Hanna Brooks Olsen April 20, 2012
Parents are criticizing 29-year-old author Ruby Roth for her new children's book, 'Vegan Is Love,' because, they say, its depiction of the meat industry is too graphic for kids.
Guenter Grass criticizes Israel

German Author Guenter Grass Criticizes Israel in Controversial Poem

News by John Jarzemsky April 4, 2012
Nobel Prize winning author Guenter Grass has published a controversial poem in a German daily newspaper, in which he criticizes Israel for escalating conflict with Iran.
Student Chastised by Teacher for Not Reading "Black" Enough

Student Chastised by Teacher for Not Reading "Black" Enough

News by John Jarzemsky March 23, 2012
A Virginia high school student was instructed by his English teacher to read a Langston Hughes poem "blacker" in front of his class.
London Book Fair Draws Criticism

London Book Fair Draws Criticism for Exclusion of Exiled Chinese Authors

News by John Jarzemsky
The London Book Fair has drawn criticism for inviting only state-approved Chinese authors to the annual literary event.
Rush Limbaugh Outraged at Young, Single Womanhood

Rush Limbaugh Outraged at Author's Young, Single Womanhood

News by John Jarzemsky March 7, 2012
Rush Limbaugh continues to be an asshole. I know, it's a slow news day.
Group Demands Toys 'R' Us Remove Gay Archie Comic

Conservative Group Demands Toys 'R' Us Remove Archie Comic Featuring Gay Marriage

News by Rob Hart February 29, 2012
One Million Moms is demanding that Toys 'R' Us remove an issue of Archie Comics depicting two characters getting gay married, lest their children be indoctrinated to tolerance.

The Age of No Controversy

Column by John Jarzemsky February 22, 2012
No riots in the streets, no bonfire rallys, no blood in the gutter...are we living in an age of controversy-free literature?
Romance Fiction Competition Bans Same-Sex Stories

Romance Fiction Competition Bans Stories With Same-Sex Love

News by Rob Hart February 8, 2012
An Oklahoma-based chapter of the Romance Writers of America sparked a bit of outrage recently when they banned same-sex fiction from a writing competition, leading them to cancel the contest.
Orthodox Rabbi Denounced as Heretic

Orthodox Rabbi Denounced as Heretic Over Latest Book

News by John Jarzemsky February 7, 2012
Shmuley Boteach is an Orthodox Rabbi and best-selling author whose latest book, 'Kosher Jesus,' is ruffling quite a few religious feathers.
Touched by Sandusky

Accused Child Rapist Titled His Memoir 'Touched'

News by Rob Hart November 10, 2011
Jerry Sandusky, the assistant football coach from Penn State accused of molesting dozens of boys, has a memoir on Amazon titled "Touched." Just sayin'.