Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

Banned (not challenged, banned) in Utah

Thursday, August 4th, 2022

Release Day!

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022

Fan Mail

Tuesday, July 26th, 2022

“I just finished reading you book ALMOST PERFECT. Actually, I was shocked that you received an award for it. I am reading our entire School Library of books and I deemed this totally inappropriate for High School. I’d like to tell you why?

First of all, I consider it a “groomer” book. It tells all the details on WHY to start a hormone process early and its an informative book about becoming Trans gender. I don’t consider this condition something to be affirmed. WHY? Because I consider it Body dysphoria. At NO time did you even talk about getting therapy about this condition. Kids cannot process LONG term ramifications of this disease when their adults can’t event explain what is going on in their brains. The family of this son merely screamed and yelled and of course that wasn’t appropriate as well.

I have had several friends navigate this time in their children’s lives by LOVING and seriously helping their child navigate the hormones and serious questions of their condition! Each has successfully navigated to adulthood. I can’t imagine using LIFE changing harmful and and irreversible hormone treatment and ACT like this is NORMAL! Even at the end of this book he “changed back” to being a boy…WHAT did you accomplish? You seductively enticed another boy to get involved using alcohol. ONLY drugs and Alcohol in YOUR world? This is NOT normal.

I can only imagine what you are teaching your own children…and I hope you are NOT around kids today! I’m just sick the Teacher Unions have put our children in these situations and have tried to “normalize” this as a real behavior instead of treatments that satisfy their needs.

Would you affirm eating disorders? Or a child saying their were an animal? I will use everything in my power to fight against this evil! If someone after 21 wants to cut off body parts and use hormones then that’s their business…

But PLEASE stay FAR away from my children!

Thank you for listening….”

Skylark Books

Saturday, June 25th, 2022

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Had a wonderful time talking about MARLEY’S GHOST at Skylark Books in Columbia, MO. Thanks for the invitation!

Smithton, IL May 14th

Sunday, April 24th, 2022

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Unbound Book Festival, April 23

Sunday, April 3rd, 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

Tuesday, March 8th, 2022

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

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And now, North Carolina

Tuesday, February 15th, 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

Thursday, February 10th, 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!

Friday, January 21st, 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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