Literary Conundrum: taking the n***** out of Twain

An interesting development in re-printing literary classics:

New South Books, publisher has several links to information and comments about its decision to reprint The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, replacing the ‘n-word’ with ‘slave’. There are hundreds of articles, blog posts, etc. that have been generated on this issue. Here are a few:

NBC Miami coverage, January 5, 2011

10 Reasons Why the Slurs Should Stay in Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, New Haven Advocate, January 12, 2011

New York Times Op-Ed: Send Huck Finn to College, January 15, 2011 [144 comments as of this postings]

Paul Russell, National Post, January 16, 2011

Jon Stewart/Daily Show take on the situation, with Larry Wilmore, January 11, 2011  [usual warnings to the sensitive]

Check for more by doing a Google News search for “Mark Twain”

Events elsewhere: Indianapolis Youth Literature Conference

Saturday, January 11, 2011 at Central Library, Indianapolis Marion County Public Library

Info:  http://www.slis.iupui.edu/news/story_id1027.asp

For librarians, school library media specialists, and other adults who are interested in children’s and young adult literature. 

Scheduled authors: Brian Pinkney, Andrea Davis Pinkney, Patricia McCormick

Info source: Kids Ink Childrens Bookstore, 5619 N. Illinois St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208  (317) 255-2598