Access Database of 72,000 Banned Books: Critical Linking, April 17, 2017

Today’s Critical Linking is sponsored by Bang by Barry Lyga.

Minujín and her team worked with researchers from the University of Kassel to identify book bans of regimes past. The resulting list, which will help books be vetted for the installation, names around 72,000 forbidden titles going back to the 1500s.

The list, last updated in January, highlights extensive censorship in Nazi Germany, 18th-century Austria, and the Soviet Union, and draws on a huge list of banned books kept by the Catholic Church from 1559 to 1966.

What an undertaking!

TNT has opted not to proceed with its pilot order to Let the Right One In, a drama based on the best-selling novel by Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist. The project, written by Criminal Minds and Teen Wolf creator Jeff Davis, was picked up to pilot in August but it didn’t go into production.

Sad trombone.

The new design — the winner of a yearlong public design contest — comes from sculptor and artist Vincent Villafranca, which the award administrators noted covers all branches of the fantasy genre, from “horror to high fantasy and all stops in between.” The new award will be issued for the first time during this year’s World Fantasy Convention, held in San Antonio, Texas from November 2nd through the 5th. Nominations for the award will come later this summer.

The WFA drops Lovecraft’s head and replaces it with a much prettier and less racist award. Win!

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