BPC Bulletin: Raina Telgemeier's Drama

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

January 18, 2019

The Ottawa Catholic School Board has decided to return Raina Telgemeier’s Drama to elementary school library shelves.

Earlier this month, the school board had removed copies of the book because some parents had complained.

Drama tells a tale about a student who wants to be part of her middle-school theatre production. The book also depicts two boys who are attracted to one another and share an onstage kiss.

 

REPORTAGE

CBC News reports:
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/drama-graphic-novel-catholic-library-1.4980153

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/drama-telgemeier-banned-ottawa-catholic-school-1.4977546

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/ottawans-react-lgbt-book-1.4979032

CTV News reports:
https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/book-depicting-boys-kissing-returns-to-catholic-elementary-school-shelves-1.4254960

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLwMptZOwzc

COMMENTARY

Patricia Mastricolo of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund writes:
http://cbldf.org/2019/01/drama-survives-ban-ottawa-catholic-school/

At LifeSiteNews, Martin M. Barillas writes:
https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/catholic-school-board-caves-into-lgbt-pressure-allows-book-depicting-two-bo

 

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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