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Freedom to Read Week

Greetings, readers. I trust you are all taking part in Freedom to Read Week.

What is that, you say? You thought I was going to post something about the Oscars? Yeah, well, I’m kind of over the Oscars. First of all, I am a voting member of the Academy. Have I mentioned that before?

It turns out when you write a screenplay (even one you get fired from and only get a “story by” credit for, and the only thing that ends up in the movie that was in your original screenplay is the Zamboni) and join the Screenwriter’s Guild, you automatically become a member of the Academy.

I would just like to point out that not a single movie I have voted for has ever won for best screenplay, either Best Adapted OR Best Original. I tend to vote for movies that make me laugh, but apparently, most of the other members of the Academy tend to vote for movies that make them cry.

So…yeah.

Okay, moving on:

Don’t even tell me that you don’t know what Freedom to Read Week is.

Well, I guess you can be forgiven for not knowing, if you don’t happen to be Canadian. Freedom to Read Week is all about raising censorship awareness—yes, even in Canada, home of Degrassi: Next Generation and socialized medicine, there’s censorship (believe me, I was shocked, too)!

But even if you aren’t Canadian, you can take part in Freedom to Read events, like this awesome one at the Pelham Library, the Banned Book Challenge. Just how many Banned Books CAN you read, anyway? I have read MOST of the books on the banned book list, but there are a few I haven’t even heard of, so I need to get busy.

One of the books on the list, Blubber by Judy Blume, is a book I love so much that I chose to write about it in the essay I contributed to a collection that will be out this May, Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume.

My entry, entitled “Cry, Linda, Cry: Judy Blume’s BLUBBER and the Cruelest Thing in the World” (Matt Groening fans will notice from the title that I managed to work one my favorite cartoons from Life is Hell into the essay as well) is all about the Judy Blume book Blubber, and how it changed my life. I can’t BELIEVE this book gets banned. It’s so AWESOME. I still read it when I get bummed out about something (though you have to read the essay to find out WHY I think it’s so awesome, and HOW it changed my life). I just don’t get how someone else could hate it so much, they want it BANNED.

So I hope you’ll check out Freedom to Read Week and the Banned Book Challenge. Maybe you’ll find a book there that will change YOUR life, too. They’ve got books for ALL age and reading levels—and all genres of fiction, too—so there’s a little something for everyone. There are even some funny books there—I promise.

So sign up! Nothing like a little act of rebellion against The Man to start your week off right!

So get busy, and get reading.

More later.

Much love,

Meg

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