Banned Books Week. 21-27 September.


“[I]t’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.”Judy Blume

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This week is Banned Books Week.  Initiated by the American Library Association, it is a chance to celebrate the freedom to read each September by drawing attention to the issue of censorship. Many public and school libraries in the US (and elsewhere) champion the vast range of literature that has been banned and/or challenged by over-eager legislators and officials.

30 years of banned books timeline

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The situation in Australia has thankfully been much more liberal with many fewer instances of this kind of attempted thought control. The last literary work to be actually banned in Australia was American Psycho, by Brett Easton Ellis way back in 1990. It is only available to over 18s in most states and still effectively banned in Queensland. Click on the links below for a story about the history of Literary Censorship in Australia and elsewhere.

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In the U.S. Banned Books Week is the national book community’s annual celebration of the freedom to read. Hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. The 2014 celebration will be held September 21-27.

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Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 according to the American Library Association. There were 307 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2013, and many more go unreported. The 10 most challenged titles of 2013 were:

  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
    Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence
  2. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence
  3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
    Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
  6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit
  7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
    Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  9. Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
    Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
  10. Bone (series), by Jeff Smith
    Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence

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For more information on Banned Books Week, click here.

For some excellent quotes about Censorship click on the links below:

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Book Week 2014 Celebrated This Week at Cabra


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Miss Steller and Ms Rossi

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Cabra College Book Week 2014 got off to a great start this week with many activities for both staff and students. Each morning students have had a two question quiz and we’ve been displaying Book Week posters created by staff representing their favourite films that were adapted from books.

As is traditional staff were treated to an excellent Book Week Morning Tea in the Senior School Library. Some of the best dressed staff were photographed joining in with the 2014 Book Week theme, ‘Connect to Reading’.

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Children’s Book of the Year Awards 2014 Winners Revealed


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Each year the The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) hosts a competition to find the best published books for children of all ages. The Winners and Honour Books are announced and posted on the web site at 12 noon EST on the third Friday in August every year.View this year’s winners below:

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For the full list of the winners in all categories go here. For a complete listing of the shortlisted books go here, and to view the Judges Report visit this link.

Checking out literary prize shortlists is a great way of introducing yourself to new, quality writing that you may not otherwise hear about. For more fantastic shortlists from worldwide literary prizes, click here

View a list of Australian literary prizes here.

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Award Winning Author Phillip Gwynne Visits Cabra


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Phillip Gwynne in the Cabra Middle School Library

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Phillip Gwynne addresses students in St. Dominic’s Hall.

On Tuesday 29 July we were fortunate enough to be visited by acclaimed author Phillip Gwynne. Phillip’s  first novel Deadly Unna? the literary hit of 1998, has now sold over 180,000 copies. It was made into the feature film Australian Rules for which Phillip won an AFI award. The sequel, Nukkin Ya, was published to great acclaim in 2000.

He has also written The Worst Team Ever, Born to Bake, and A Chook Called Harry in the Aussie Bites series, and Jetty Rats, and has written an adult detective thriller The Build Up, The Debt series, and most recently, the young adult novel Swerve, which was shortlisted for many awards amongst them the 2010 Prime Minister’s Award and the Golden Inky.

Phillip presented four excellent large group talks to students ranging from Years 6-11. It was fantastic to see our students so engaged, listening to a successful writer speak about their work. We are indeed fortunate to be able to offer visits like this to our students and it is such a great way to help us all celebrate Book Week for 2014.

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Phillip with Mrs Mills, Ms Sanderson Brewster and Mr Bull. Photo by Spencer, Year 9

Phillip poses with big fan Ahmad, Year 11

Phillip poses with big fan Ahmad, Year 11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phillip is published by Penguin Books. For a full list his books click here. To read an interview with Phillip from Good Reading Magazine click here.

 

 

 

 

 

Acclaimed Author Phillip Gwynne to Visit Cabra


Phillip Gwyne On Tuesday 29th July award winning author Phillip Gwynne will visit Cabra College to help us celebrate Book Week for 2014 .

Phillip is best know for Young Adult novels, first making his mark with the hugely popular and critically acclaimed Deadly Unna in 1998. Since then Phillip’s books have all received both high acclaim and popularity amongst readers, and he has penned works for all ages. He continues to write young adult novels (Swerve being the most recent), and his adult thriller The Build Up led to an epic thriller series for upper primary students: The Debt. Phillip now has a legion of young fans too, with picture books Yobbos Do Yoga, What’s Wrong Wobbegong? and more.

Phillip Gwynne’s first novel Deadly Unna? was the literary hit of 1998 winning Children’s Book of the Year and selling over 200,000 copies. It was made into the feature film Australian Rules for which Phillip’s screenplay won an AFI award in 2002.

Phillip is published by Penguin Books. For a full list his books click here. To read an interview with Phillip from Good Reading Magazine click here.

 

 

 

 

 

Gabriel García Márquez: 6 March 1927 (or was it 1928?) – 17 April 2014


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Colombia’s most revered writer Gabriel García Marquez died in his adopted home of Mexico last month. Renowned the world over for his writing; short stories, screenplays,  journalism and literary fiction. He was seen by many as the Godfather of the literary style Magical Realism. He published consistently often returning to the same themes in a way that garnered him considerable commercial and vast critical success. He was perhaps the most successful Spanish Language writer since Cervantes. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. Read Marquez’s Nobel lecture in full here.

 

Children’s Book of the Year Awards 2014


CBCA shortlist 2014

Each year the The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) hosts a competition to find the best published books for children of all ages. The Winners and Honour Books are announced and posted on the web site at 12 noon EST on the third Friday in August every year.View this year’s short list below:

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Checking out literary prize shortlists is a great way of introducing yourself to new, quality writing that you may not otherwise hear about. For more fantastic shortlists from worldwide literary prizes, click here

View a list of Australian literary prizes here.

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Today is International Children’s Book Day


International Children's Book Day

April 2 is International Children’s Book Day. This event is celebrated worldwide and is organised by The International Board on Books for Young People. IBBY is a non-profit organization which helps to build bridges to international understanding through children’s books. IBBY is committed to the principles of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child, ratified by the United Nations in 1990.

Check out the newest titles in the Cabra Libraries and celebrate books and reading today!

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A Solitary World. Short Film Inspired by Writings of H.G. Wells


Check out the link below to a fantastic short film inspired by and featuring the writings of the prophetic English writer H.G. Wells. Wells famously predicted all sorts of machinery, technology and events that have since come to fruition. His books include, The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau and many, many others.

For more info on one of the most influential writers of the last few centuries check out the links below:

Internet Speculative Fiction Database  Speculative Fiction Database. Huge collection of links to visionary authors.

H.G. Wells' Visions Come True Article about how many of Wells’ predictions have come to pass.

Bestselling Books of 2013


hard luck wimpy kid It’s heartening to discover that topping the list of the bestselling books across all genres and age ranges including fiction and non-fiction last year was the 8th installment in Jeff Kinney’s middle school saga Diary of A Wimpy Kid, Hard Luck. Selling almost 2 million copies  in hardback, this heavily illustrated children’s novel outsold Dan Brown, Stephen King, F. Scott Fitzgerald and even Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James.

As is so often the case forthcoming or newly released film adaptations helped spur interest and ultimately sales in both recent novels like Kinney’s as well as old chestnuts such as Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.

Read the full Publisher’s Weekly article here.