From Banned Books Week to Jane Eyre’s move to Brooklyn in a graphic novel, here’s the latest literary news:
Banned Books Week, in which the American Library Association highlights its annual Top Ten List of Most Challenged Books, occurred September 24 to 30. This list essentially captures a snapshot of the American mind: it is based on complaints by parents, educators, and the public. This list notably included threads of gender, religious diversity, and LGBTQ issues in nearly all the books.
In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which occurs September 15 to October 15, the National Park Service launched a campaign entitled, “Telling All Americans’ Stories: Introduction to American Latino Heritage,” a collection of essays about the diverse Latinx experience. National Hispanic Heritage Month brings together the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to pay tribute to Hispanic Americans, acknowledging that they have positively influenced and enriched our society and nation.
Aline Brosh McKenna, best known as the writer of the movie The Devil Wears Prada, has added comics to her oeuvre with the adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel Jane Eyre into a graphic novel. Jane, written by McKenna and illustrated by Ramon Perez with whimsical figures and vivid color, was published by Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios on September 19. In this comic version, Jane is a small-town girl who moves to New York to go to art school, lives in Brooklyn, and encounters eccentric characters along the way.