BPC Bulletin: Illinois School Officials Cancel Canadian Author's Visit

News Reports and Commentary Selected by Franklin Carter of the Book and Periodical Council’s Freedom of Expression Committee

 

In early October 2019, school officials in Illinois cancelled the scheduled visit of a Canadian author because stories about “gender identity” in her non-fiction children’s book “caused concern.”

Officials in Community Unit School District 200, which serves the towns of Wheaton and Warrenville near Chicago, cancelled Robin Stevenson’s visit to Longfellow Elementary School. Her book Kid Activists: True Tales of Childhood from Champions of Change includes stories about Harvey Milk and Janet Mock.

REPORTAGE

In Chicago’s Daily Herald, Katlyn Smith reports:

https://www.dailyherald.com/amp-article/20191113/news/191119682/

At LGBTQ Nation, Juwan J. Holmes reports:
https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2019/11/childrens-author-robin-stevenson-rips-illinois-school-district-bowing-homophobic-parent/

In The Advocate, Kat Jercich reports:

https://www.advocate.com/news/2019/11/08/queer-author-says-school-canceled-her-visit-over-harvey-milk-mention

In Quill & Quire, Shanda Deziel reports:
https://quillandquire.com/omni/kidlit-author-robin-stevenson-uninvited-to-illinois-school-after-parent-complains-about-lgbtq-content/

In Chicago’s Daily Herald, Katlyn Smith reports:

https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20191106/author-believes-dist-200-canceled-wheaton-school-visit-due-to-lgbtq-content-officials-cite-procedural-issue

COMMENTARY

Robin Stevenson writes an open letter to school officials:
https://robinstevenson.com/an-open-letter-to-school-district-200/

In the Chicago Tribune, Heidi Stevens writes:
https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/heidi-stevens/ct-heidi-stevens-monday-robin-stevenson-wheaton-canceled-talk-1111-20191111-hyt4bnmvlfgpnlfstnnqmi6uba-story.html

Kirkus reviews Kid Activists:
https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/robin-stevenson/kid-activists/

 

The Book and Periodical Council was formed in 1975 as the Book and Periodical Development Council to provide a venue for members to discuss industry issues, address mutual concerns and undertake projects for the benefit of Canadian writing and publishing.

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