November 27, 2020

New Zealand: Banned Book Seized From Wellington Shop

From Stuff.co.nz

An “indecent” book banned in 1971 has been seized from a Wellington bookstore by government officials.

Bloody Mama by Robert Thom has been listed for sale on Book Haven’s website for $8.50 since February, store owner Don Hollander said.

“It got seized today. A very nice chap from the DIA [Department of Internal Affairs] with a fancy badge came by.”

The book is based on a true story about Kate “Ma” Barker who raised her sons to be criminals in the 1930s.

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The book was deemed indecent and banned by the now defunct Indecent Publications Tribunal 40 years ago, however the ruling still stands. The tribunal was replaced by the Office of Film and Literature Classification in 1993.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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