Thursday, September 26, 2013
Book News: North Carolina County Reverses 'Invisible Man' Ban : The Two-Way : NPR: On Wednesday evening, the Randolph County school board in North Carolina 6 to 1 to retract its ban on Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man at school libraries. In the days after the board took the classic novel about race and identity off library shelves in response to a parent complaint, the decision has drawn fierce criticism and national scrutiny. Vintage, the book's publisher, donated copies to a nearby bookstore to be given away for free to students, and waiting lists for the book grew at local libraries and bookstores. Board member Gary Cook told the Los Angeles Times, "We may have been hammered on this and we may have made a mistake, but at least we're big enough to admit it."