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


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

Library Faculty Scholarship

Vancil, David.  “Fisher Ames, Jr.: Author,” By Reef and Trail, by Fisher Ames, Jr.  Lake Wales, FL: Lost Classics Books Company, 2010.  v-vii.

—.  “Charles Livingston Bull: Illustrator,” By Reef and Trail, by Fisher Ames, Jr.  Lake Wales, FL: Lost Classics Books Company, 2010. viii.

[Note: This boys’ adventure book was originally published in 1909 and is set in South Florida.  It evokes the period, the people, and the wildlife of this era.  Dr. Vancil’s [Chair, Special Collections] contribution is biographical and critical background for the author and illustrator.]

2011 Library Book Sale Dates: March 21-23

The dates for the 2011 book sale have just been decided! Mark your calendars for Monday through Wednesday, March 21-23. In addition to books, the library will accept VHS tapes, DVDs, records and CDs.

The ISU Cunningham Library accepts book donations year-round, so please consider donating your unwanted/unneeded books.

Items not chosen to be added to the Library’s collections will be in the 2011 used book sale. (Money raised is used to buy new books to add to the library collection.)

Donate items by bringing them to the Library and placing them in the large red bin in the lobby. Pick-up of large quantities [located on or off campus] can be arranged by calling the Library Events Coordinator, Dara Middleton, 237-2560 or emailing Contact Dara Middleton for further information about donations or the book sale.