Smithton, IL May 14th

Posted on Sunday, 24th April, 2022

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Unbound Book Festival, April 23

Posted on Sunday, 3rd April, 2022

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In view of the recent outcry surrounding a Tennessee school board’s decision to ban Art Spiegelman’s Maus, and the increasing prevalence of similar actions throughout the country (including Missouri), we really wanted to have a conversation about banned books this year. Is it ever appropriate to ban a book? Who is really being protected, and from what? Brian Katcher brings a unique double perspective to this issue. In addition to being an acclaimed author whose novel, Almost Perfect, was 81st on the American Library Association’s list of most banned and challenged books for 2010-2019, he is also a school librarian. He’ll be joined on the panel by Maia Kobabe and the Dean of MU Law School and First Amendment expert, Lyrissa Lidsky.

Marley’s Ghost

Posted on Tuesday, 8th March, 2022

MARLEY’S GHOST, to be published by Crossroad Press!

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And now, North Carolina

Posted on Tuesday, 15th February, 2022

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This woman in convinced that a North Carolina middle school has a secret copy of ALMOST PERFECT (as well as a much better book by David Levithan) and is shocked that that principal won’t let her turn the school upside down to look for it. Ironically, North Carolina is the one state that ever awarded me a state book award.

Florida

Posted on Thursday, 10th February, 2022

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I find it interesting that ALMOST PERFECT, which was published 13 years ago, is being pulled out of the library. Quite frankly, there are much more recently books about transgender people out there. I’m guessing the censors just pulled it because it was LGBTQ themed without bothering to learn anything about it. With censors, it’s always the ‘what’, never the ‘why.’

On to Utah!

Posted on Friday, 21st January, 2022
On to Utah! Someone is determined to remove the ‘dirty books’ from the Beehive State and ALMOST PERFECT made the list! Click on the cover and read the naughtiest passages from my novel, weirdly taken out of context in a giant run-on sentence: https://bwentzel6.wixsite.com/website-7/shop?page=2
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Almost Perfect Challenged in Iowa

Posted on Sunday, 26th December, 2021

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The homophobes are after ALMOST PERFECT in central Iowa (and some other much better books). I don’t think they even look at these books before challenging them.

Banned in Texas

Posted on Tuesday, 7th December, 2021

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So a Texas lawmaker has challenged ALMOST PERFECT (along with 849 other books). Lots of LGBTQ books on this list. Lots.

Weird Sisters Publishing

Posted on Wednesday, 10th November, 2021

I discuss Almost Perfect with Jan Gebhardt of Weird Sisters Publishing.

Archon 44

Posted on Wednesday, 29th September, 2021

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October 1-3, Collinsville, IL! Looking forward to seeing you there!