event: banned books week 2014

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Most of you probably already know that September 21-27 is Banned Books Week 2014.

It seems pertinent to re-post this June 24th remembrance of Nancy Garden, whose Annie on My Mind was a life-changing / life-saving read for many of us who grew into adulthood after its publication:

She wrote the book all lesbians wanted to have as teenagers. She wrote the books kids of lesbian and gay parents needed to read. She was an icon and a treasure and every other over-used cliché about writers who are larger than life–except of course in her case it was all true. Her heart was so big, so full of love for women and for kids who needed books about their own lives, it’s not surprising that her heart finally gave out. Nancy Garden, author, editor, LGBT activist, former theater maven and teacher, died suddenly on the morning of June 23 of a massive heart attack. She was 76.

I did a re-read of the novel with fellow queer blogger Danika (The Lesbrarian) back in 2010.

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One thought on “event: banned books week 2014

  1. Jill

    Annie on My Mind changed my life. I read it for the first time in the late 1980s. I re-read it this week. It is dated, but the world has changed lots since 1982. I met Nancy Garden at an OutWrite conference, in Boston, in the mid/late 90s. I was on a panel about books that helped me come out. Our Bodies, Ourselves and Annie on My Mind were at the top of my list. She attended my session and we spoke after. I thanked her for writing Annie. She was super nice.

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