Sunday, February 13, 2005

The upside of Censorship?

If there is an upside to censorship, it would be that it seems to create a demand for the book being censored: "Author Chris Crutcher is banned temporarily from Grand Rapids Public Schools, but at local libraries, his book "Athletic Shorts" is flying off shelves." (Grand Rapids Press)

Meanwhile, here in Oregon, the challenge to Robin Cody's book, Ricochet River, has generated 36 holds for 23 copies. See, 'Ricochet River' in the crosshairs (Clackamas Review).

Obviously, we could increase our circulation of books by encouraging groups to make very public challenges. I'm waiting to see an article in Library Journal on how to do that.