Rainbow Rowell should be in the Minneapolis area today, talking about her best-selling, award-winning, highly acclaimed novel for teens, “Eleanor & Park.”
She should be standing in a public library in Anoka County reading from her 324-page novel, her second, which came out in February.
Rowell is not in Minnesota today because the Anoka County Library pulled its invite. And because the Anoka-Hennepin district, Minnesota’s largest public school system, declined to pick up the speaker’s fee the library had offered. And because neither responded to Rowell’s offer to come for free, which she would have done all along.
Instead, the two public entities bowed to the complaints, generated by a small but vocal group of people called the Parents Action League, which got spooked by the F-word and its various iterations that appear in “Eleanor & Park.”
Book Also Challenged
The Parents Action League reviewers filed a formal challenge for the school district to pull its 70 copies of “Eleanor & Park” from school library shelves. The group also called for the librarians who chose “Eleanor & Park” for the district’s voluntary summer reading program to be punished.
Read the Complete Column by Erin Grace
See Also: Anoka Library Board Minutes (September 16, 2013)
Here’s where we learn that the program will not be held.
Tip and Thanks: Matt R. Weaver