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Banning books calls on images of Nazi’s throwing Jewish penned books to the flame, or lynch mobs with pitch forks yelling for purity circa 1875, surely not librarians here in this open democracy where people are free to speak and write, express and create. Well, unfortunately it is happening and it is happening all the time.

This kind of censorship is appalling and today, the first in the rebirth of this weekly installment, we are going to focus on a very relevant issue that several activist organizations are fighting against as we speak… the banning of the graphic novel Persepolis.

We will start with a little back story on the banning and then introduce you to this critically acclaimed author and book, which has already made its way to the big screen under the same name, garnering a Canne Film Festival Jury award and an Oscar Nomination.

According to the CBLDF’s website,

Friday saw the quick action of CBLDF and other free speech advocates in defense of Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, which was reportedly removed from the classrooms and library of Lane Tech College Prep in the Chicago public school district at the order of Chicago Public Schools, which oversees the district.

CBLDF joined the Kids’ Right to Read Project, the National Coalition Against Censorship, and many more in sending a letter defending the book. Upon news of the removal, a protest was quickly organized, and students, teachers, and concerned parents gathered outside Lane Tech on Friday afternoon to add their voices in support of the graphic novel.

Read full article: HERE

The school district claims they are removing the book for its violent content, but it also happens to be about an Iranian girl living in Germany struggling to find her place. The argument is weak at best.

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991197Persepolis is the story of Satrapi’s unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; of her high school years in Vienna facing the trials of adolescence far from her family; of her homecoming–both sweet and terrible; and, finally, of her self-imposed exile from her beloved homeland. It is the chronicle of a girlhood and adolescence at once outrageous and familiar, a young life entwined with the history of her country yet filled with the universal trials and joys of growing up.

Edgy, searingly observant, and candid, often heartbreaking but threaded throughout with raw humor and hard-earned wisdom–Persepolis is a stunning work from one of the most highly regarded, singularly talented graphic artists at work today

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[note color=”#9ae1f9″]Marjane Satrapi (Persian: مرجان ساتراپی) is an Iranian-born French contemporary graphic novellist, illustrator, animated film director, and children’s book author. Apart from her native tongue Farsi, she speaks English, Swedish, German, French and Italian.

Satrapi grew up in Tehran in a family which was involved with communist and socialist movements in Iran prior to the Iranian Revolution. She attended the Lycée Français there and witnessed, as a child, the growing suppression of civil liberties and the everyday-life consequences of Iranian politics, including the fall of the Shah, the early regime of Ruhollah Khomeini, and the first years of the Iran-Iraq War. She experienced an Iraqi air raid and Scud missile attacks on Tehran. According to Persepolis, one Scud hit the house next to hers, killing her friend and entire family.
Satrapi attended the Lycée Français de Vienne.

Snippet & Full Bio Found via Goodreads.com[/note]

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A dreamer, a writer, a critic, an avid reader and the endless seeker of enlightenment through education. Basically, that translates to a girl who loves to read and discusses what she is reading and writing with anyone who will listen so that she doesn’t have to think about her obscenely large student loan debt. She holds a BA in pre-law, a Masters from Northeastern University in Communication Management with a focus in Social Media Marketing and Personal Branding and is currently working on an MFA in creative writing, but believes she has learned the most from writing…lots and lots of writing. She is also the owner of the literary and lifestyle business marketing an management firm, Voir Media Group.
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