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Book News Monday: R.I.P. Frank Frazetta, Gossip Girl Book-napped, and More

  • In Memoriam: Fantasy artist Frank Frazetta, who was renowned for his iconic paintings and cover art for books about Conan, Tarzan, and many more, died today at the age of 82. iO9 has additional links and a gallery of illustrations.
  • Booksnatcher: The Gossip Girl books are so scandalous, and teach children such un-Christian values, that they've inspired one conscientious mother to commit theft — or, perhaps, book-napping.

    A controversy developed after Tina Harden, a Longwood [Florida] mom, refused to return several of the Gossip Girl books that her teenage daughter checked out from the Lake Mary branch in 2008.

    Harden was disturbed by references to sex, drugs and foul language and feels the material is inappropriate for minors.

    She wants the library to put a warning label on four of the titles, one from the "Gossip Girl" series and one from the "It Girl" series....To make her point, Harden has refused to return the books to the library and has racked up $85 in fines and is getting calls from a bill collector.

    Harden should enjoy a couple of new book series coming out for teens: Censorship Girl and Girls with Overprotective Mothers Who Inflict Their Value Systems On Everyone Else. Sure to be big hits.

Book News Round-up:

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Chris Bolton co-created the all-ages webcomic Smash, which will soon be published by Candlewick Press, and created the comedy series Wage Slaves. His short story "The Red Room" was published in Portland Noir from Akashic Books.


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