You are cordially invited to a (potential) book banning…

Newman, California

Newman, California

In previous posts such as this one and this one I’ve discussed a potential book banning in the small rural town of Newman, here in the great central valley of California.

The book, “Bless Me, Ultima,” contains some language and concepts that ONE PERSON found offensive, so now school superintendent Richard Fauss is pushing to ban the book from the list of approved district reading materials.

Here’s your opportunity to attend an actual book banning meeting!

In a comment left on the blog a few days ago, a very concerned citizen wrote the following:

If only the dust had settled, unfortanely, the school board is just now getting into the mix. There will be a “special meeting” (on January 5 @ 6:30 @ the McConnell Education Center next to Von Renner Elem. School) for the public to comment on this issue.
We need all the help we can get to prevent this lovely novel from being pulled from the curriculum at the high school. PLEASE help us spread the word…sign the guestbook at and/or send an email to the superintendent at
Thanks for your help!!

So if you have the time and inclination, go down and get a front row seat.

Oh – and take a copy of “Bless Me, Ultima” AND “Fahrenheit 451” with ya to pass the time.

Note added 2/3/09 @ 4:40pm: Dr. Fauss responded to an email I sent to him, explaining his job thus far has been to listen to what others have to say, then make recommendations based on what is best for students.

One thought on “You are cordially invited to a (potential) book banning…

  1. Wow. I remember one year in high school, we were told to read Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye over the summer.

    Well, some parents objected and they didn’t ban the book, but they told us we didn’t have to read it.

    Unfortunately, over-achiever that I was, I already had.

    I had a good long rant at my English teacher about how to make a point without exposing 15 year-olds to graphic descriptions of rape and incest.

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