The Saudi Arabian government has reportedly banned the science fiction novel H W J N, by Ibraheem Abbas and Yasser Bahjatt on the grounds that it is blasphemous. The novel, published in both Arabic and English, tells the story of a romance between a human and a jinn. Bahjatt attended LoneStarCon 3, this year’s Worldcon, where he sat on panels and promoted the novel.
The Waukegan Public Library handed out free copies of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 prior to an event in which three authors read from banned books at Waukegan’s Genesee Theatre for this year’s Eighth Annual Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival. The first one hundred attendees received a copy of Bradbury’s novel which were recovered from Bradbury’s garage after the author’s death in 2012. The festival also sees the start of the 30th Annual Ray Bradbury Creative Contest.
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A teacher at Schofield Middle School in Aiken County, South Carolina has been placed on administrative leave after a 14-year old student and his parents complained that the teacher read pornographic material to them. According to the student’s complaint, the teacher read from three works which the student found in appropriate, including Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game. After learning that the school was going to handle the matter internally, the family filed a complaint with the police department, when the school failed to notify under a South Carolina law requiring police notification whenever there is a possibility of criminal activity.