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Since 2021, an unprecedented number of Young Adult books, especially ones with LGBTQ+ and BIPOC characters, have been removed from libraries across the country. In this podcast, we discuss YA books that have been banned in recent years. We discuss each selected book in two episodes. The first episode illuminates why the book has been banned and why we think it is worth reading. The second episode discusses the book's characters, themes, and significance in greater detail. Please join us for our conversations! Books are meant to be read.

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Since 2021, an unprecedented number of Young Adult books, especially ones with LGBTQ+ and BIPOC characters, have been removed from libraries across the country. In this podcast, we discuss YA books that have been banned in recent years. We discuss each selected book in two episodes. The first episode illuminates why the book has been banned and why we think it is worth reading. The second episode discusses the book's characters, themes, and significance in greater detail. Please join us for our conversations! Books are meant to be read.

    Bonus: Author Lyn Miller-Lachmann

    Bonus: Author Lyn Miller-Lachmann

    We were so excited to interview Lyn Miller-Lachmann about her new novel, ⁠⁠Eyes O⁠⁠pen. Lyn is an educator, an editor, and an author of young adult and middle grade novels, including Torch, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and Moonwalking. Fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and English, she enjoys traveling to new places and lived part-time in Lisbon, Portugal, for many years. She lives in New York City. 

    In the interview, we discussed how Lyn decided to write a YA novel-in-verse about life in Portugal in the 1960s, conducted her research, created her characters, and focused on the importance of standing up to injustice, the power of poetry, and the resilience of young people.

    To learn more about Lyn Miller-Lachmann, please visit: 


    her website: lynmillerlachmann.com (including a link to an educator guide for Eyes Open)⁠⁠⁠


    her Instagram: instagram.com/lynmillerlachmann⁠

    The song at the end of the episode is "Triste Fado," which was recorded in 1939 and is available for public use; it can be found on the Library of Congress website. 

    Thanks to Chris for our music, Heather and Lizzie for their assistance, Dorothy for her editing skills, and our patrons for their financial support. 

    Please visit our website for a⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠transcript⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠of this episode. If you would like to join our conversation, please visit ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠theroguelibrarians.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ or follow us on social media. Please consider supporting our podcast on ⁠⁠Patreon⁠⁠. We appreciate your support! 

    Linktree: ⁠⁠@roguelibrarianspod⁠⁠ 

    Instagram: ⁠⁠@roguelibrarianspod⁠⁠ 

    Facebook: ⁠⁠@roguelibrarianspod⁠⁠ 

    Patreon: ⁠⁠patreon.com/roguelibrarians


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    Bonus: Author K.A. Cobell

    Bonus: Author K.A. Cobell

    We were so excited to interview K.A. Cobell about her debut novel, ⁠Looking for Smoke⁠, which comes out June 4, 2024. K.A. is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Nation. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest, where she spends her time writing books, chasing her kids through the never-ending rain, and scouring the inlet beaches for sand dollars and hermit crabs.

    In the interview, we discussed how K.A. decided to write a thriller that focused on the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) movement, selected the four main characters and wrote it from their perspectives, portrayed the characters' identities and complex emotions, and displayed the resilience of the Blackfeet people. 

    To learn more about K.A. Cobell, please visit: 


    her website: kacobell.com (which includes her novel's educators' guide and resources about MMIW)⁠


    her Instagram: ⁠instagram.com/ka_cobell

    Thanks to Chris for our music, Heather and Lizzie for their assistance, Dorothy for her editing skills, and our patrons for their financial support. 

    Please visit our website for a⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠transcript⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠of this episode. If you would like to join our conversation, please visit ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠theroguelibrarians.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ or follow us on social media. Please consider supporting our podcast on ⁠⁠Patreon⁠⁠. We appreciate your support! 

    Linktree: ⁠⁠@roguelibrarianspod⁠⁠ 

    Instagram: ⁠⁠@roguelibrarianspod⁠⁠ 

    Facebook: ⁠⁠@roguelibrarianspod⁠⁠ 

    Patreon: ⁠⁠patreon.com/roguelibrarians


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    26. Flamer (Part 2: Close Reading)

    26. Flamer (Part 2: Close Reading)

    We discuss ⁠⁠⁠⁠Flamer⁠ by Mike Curato, which was first published in 2020. This graphic novel received a Lambda Literary Award, which recognizes excellent LGBTQ+ literature, as well as several starred reviews. Flamer was fifth on the ALA's list of the most challenged books in 2023 and fourth in 2022.

    In this episode, we discuss our opinions of the book's characters, themes, and significance. Please listen to our twenty-fifth episode for a discussion of why this book has been banned.

    Thanks to Chris for our music, to Heather and Lizzie for their assistance, to Dorothy for our audio editing, and to our patrons for their financial support! Please visit our website for a⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠transcript⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠of this episode. If you would like to join our conversation, please visit ⁠⁠theroguelibrarians.com⁠⁠ or follow us on social media. 

    Linktree: ⁠⁠@roguelibrarianspod⁠⁠ 

    Instagram: ⁠⁠@roguelibrarianspod⁠⁠ 

    Facebook: ⁠⁠@roguelibrarianspod⁠⁠ 

    Patreon: ⁠⁠patreon.com/roguelibrarians


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    Bonus: "I'll Read That Next" by Dharmika

    Bonus: "I'll Read That Next" by Dharmika

    Happy National Library Week! We are sharing a song by Dharmika, an artist and fellow advocate, called "I'll Read That Next."

    You can find "I'll Read That Next" on Spotify and other streaming platforms: https://open.spotify.com/track/0XBI080NU6Sz9pNJYy1zIF.

    To find Dharmika, please visit her social media accounts @dharmikamusic:


    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dharmikamusic
    TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@dharmikamusic
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dharmikamusic

    Additionally, this week, the ALA released its list of the top 10 most challenged books in 2023. You can find more information about the books here: https://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/top10. We have already discussed four of the books on the list and will discuss more soon. Thanks for joining us in fighting censorship!


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    25. Flamer (Part 1: Why It's Banned)

    25. Flamer (Part 1: Why It's Banned)

    We discuss ⁠Flamer by Mike Curato, which was first published in 2020. This graphic novel received a Lambda Literary Award, which recognizes excellent LGBTQ+ literature, as well as several starred reviews. Flamer was fifth on the ALA's list of the most challenged books in 2023 and fourth in 2022.

    In this episode, we discuss why Flamer has been banned. We also offer our assessment of its pros and cons. Please listen to our twenty-sixth episode for a close reading of the book.

    Some of the sources mentioned in this episode:


    ⁠https://pen.org/mike-curato-flamer-interview
    https://www.commonsensemedia.org/book-reviews/flamer
    ⁠https://www.jstor.org/stable/40364966
    https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-69392-3_16
    https://www.npr.org/2020/10/22/926285834/flamer-offers-real-hope-not-just-rainbows-to-queer-kids

    Thanks to Chris for our music, to Heather and Lizzie for their assistance, to Dorothy for our audio editing, and to our patrons for their financial support! Please visit our website for a⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠transcript⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠of this episode. If you would like to join our conversation, please visit ⁠⁠theroguelibrarians.com⁠⁠ or follow us on social media. 

    Linktree: ⁠⁠@roguelibrarianspod⁠⁠ 

    Instagram: ⁠⁠@roguelibrarianspod⁠⁠ 

    Facebook: ⁠⁠@roguelibrarianspod⁠⁠ 

    Patreon: ⁠⁠patreon.com/roguelibrarians


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    Bonus: Author F.T. Lukens

    Bonus: Author F.T. Lukens

    We were so excited to interview F.T. Lukens about their new book, Otherworldly, which comes out April 2, 2024. F.T. is a New York Times bestselling author of YA speculative fiction, including the novels Spell Bound, So This Is Ever After, and In Deeper Waters.

    In the interview, we discussed how F.T. created a queer normative world and incorporated particular myths and ideas, portrayed the characters and relationships in certain ways, and explored concepts like faith, skepticism, and agency. We really enjoyed talking with them.

    To learn more about F.T. Lukens, please visit: 


    their website: www.ft-lukens.com


    their Instagram: instagram.com/ftlukens

    Thanks to Chris for our music, Heather and Lizzie for their assistance, Dorothy for her editing skills, and our patrons for their financial support. 

    Please visit our website for a⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠transcript⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠of this episode. If you would like to join our conversation, please visit ⁠⁠⁠⁠theroguelibrarians.com⁠⁠⁠⁠ or follow us on social media. Please consider supporting our podcast on ⁠⁠Patreon⁠⁠. We appreciate your support! 

    Linktree: ⁠⁠@roguelibrarianspod⁠⁠ 

    Instagram: ⁠⁠@roguelibrarianspod⁠⁠ 

    Facebook: ⁠⁠@roguelibrarianspod⁠⁠ 

    Patreon: ⁠⁠patreon.com/roguelibrarians


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    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

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America should take notice of this podcast.

I enjoy listening to a number of different podcasts for different reasons. I turned to the Rogue Librarians podcast less for pure entertainment than to be educated about the highly important subject of banned books. The well informed and well intentioned panel of three or four share a strong desire to push back the despicable nationwide trend of book banning.
It is interesting that they don’t adhere to the simple formula of just fomenting hate towards the opposition and pat each other on the back for being smarter and more enlightened than the lay folk. Each of the panelists offer some different background, experience and perspective to some highly nuanced issues. I didn’t actually read Gender Queer which is the subject matter of the first two episodes; perhaps I will in time. Because of this I was going to skip E.2 but I tuned in and enjoyed it very much. Each of the four casters extrapolated beyond the story itself to clearly explain its relevance. They did not shy away from personal revelations and sometimes humorous anecdotes that really humanize the subject.
Much of what was discussed bears relevance to my own family and was actually quite helpful to me. I look forward to upcoming episodes around “The Hate You Give.” It covers some different territory than the first book, but managed to get banned for some other reasons that we can learn about soon. I am sure it will be given thorough and thoughtful treatment. Please take the time to review the RL website. Click around. It is quite informative. I think it my favorite podcast website. I think the quality put in to it shows us they will put the same level of quality in to the discussions themselves. I like the musical transitions that are used in the audio as well. Please listen and subscribe to this wonderful podcast. I think it will have excellent staying power. Please consider supporting with patronage as well. I think I will. Great show ladies and guests! Keep up the good work!

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