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Last Year, Teenage Vandals Were Sentenced to Reading Books. Here’s What One Learned

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Last year, we reported the news that five teenage vandals, who defaced an historic black schoolhouse with the phrases “white power”, “black power”, and swastikas, were sentenced by Judge Avelina Jacob to read books that would make them realise the error of their ways and then write reports on them. The children were given a list of relevant books and had to select a few each. The books covered some of the most divisive periods of history and included topics such as the Holocaust and slavery in the US.

A year has gone by since the sentence was passed and the teenagers have read their books and handed in their reports. Alejandra Rueda, a deputy commonwealth attorney who suggested the sentence, said “I hope that they learned the lesson that I hoped that they would learn, which was tolerance.” So have they?
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Banned Books: The New Jim Crow

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The New Jim Crow is an award-winning book by Michelle Alexander and was published in 2010. The critically acclaimed book offers an insight into prevalent discrimination against African Americans in the criminal justice system.

By obtaining public records about banned books, The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) discovered that the book had been banned from some prisons in New Jersey. The ACLU have called for the ban to be lifted, citing that it violates the rights of inmates under the first amendment to the US constitution.

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Fire and Fury Released Early Despite Cease and Desist from Trump Camp

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The US publisher of an explosive new book exposing Trump’s chaotic run in the White House has responded to a cease and desist notice from President Trump’s camp by releasing the book, Fire and Fury early. The move is in defiance of the attempt by Trump’s lawyers to shut it down and stop publication.

Last night, the book’s author tweeted “Here we go. You can buy it (and read it) tomorrow. Thank you, Mr President.” Read More

Stephen King Bans Donald Trump from Seeing IT

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As you may well know by now, the movie version of Stephen King’s IT has had a remake, and Mr. Mercedes is set for its televisual debut.

King is prevalent on Twitter and has made no secret of his dislike of President Donald Trump, much to the annoyance of Trump fans America-wide.

The latest spat ended with the POTUS blocking King on Twitter for his negative comments, and King responded with a block of his own…

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6 Books that Offer Insight into The Troubles

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Ireland has a long and beautiful history, but much of it has been marked with fighting for an independent Ireland. The Irish War for Independence run from 1919 to 1921 but the Irish Republic Army would continue for much of the 20th century, culminating in The Troubles in Northern Ireland during the latter half of the 20th century.

Northern Ireland and the UK now celebrate tentative success in a peace agreement, but the history of the struggle from both sides is a fascinating one. Northern Irish and British readers of a certain age will well remember the fear and news of the time, marred by many atrocities.

If you’re looking for a better understanding of this time in Ireland’s history then we have ten books that offer an insight into this time, some fiction, some nonfiction, but all fascinating and highly recommended.

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Surge of Sales for Dystopia Forces Penguin to Reprint Orwell’s 1984

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75,000 New Copies to be Printed

Penguin, the publisher of classic dystopian novel 1984 has ordered a 75,000 copy reprint of the book this week in demand of a surge in sales since President Trump’s inauguration. 1984 has been long compared with political movements, but in the world of alternative facts, it seems commentators believe we have finally descended in a world of ‘newspeak’ and sales of the novel are the highest for years and it’s the Number 1 bestseller on Amazon right now. Read More

10 Bookish Protest Signs from the Women’s March

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On Saturday 21st January, 2017, women marched in peaceful protest. Over 3 million people all over the world marched in solidarity with American women, and showed their love and understanding with some of the most clever, funny, and inspirational protest signs around. We have collected some of these signs from various protests- all bookish and literary inspired! On the right you can see the ACTUAL Margaret Atwood who joined the march.

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