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Why I’ll (Probably) Never Write a “Real” Book

“So when are you going to write a real book?” Children’s writers in my audience are probably groaning right now, because this is a question we’ve all been asked at least once. Most of us come back with an expression of comically-exaggerated confusion and something along the lines of “As opposed to all of the imaginary ones?” Inside, though, we are typically seething with rage or welling up with existential despair, because what the questioner really means is “When are you going to write a book for adults?” The implication, of course, being that books for kids are in...

Children’s Books, Censorship, and the Clean Reader App

A lot of authors who are smarter than I am have written some brilliant protests against the newly-launched Clean Reader – an app that replaces “naughty language” in books with “less objectionable” words and phrases. Introductions to the debate are available¬†at The Guardian and NPR. Author Joanne Harris led the charge on her blog, but other literary giants like Margaret Atwood and Chuck Wendig have also joined the fray. If you’re someone who is¬†offended by strong language, I recommend avoiding Wendig’s blog, which is brilliant, but does tend to turn his corner of the internet a little blue. Arguments...