Sunday, February 27, 2022

Maus 1, A Survivor's Tale - My Father Bleeds History

This week, I have provided with you a classic Brook Reading episode, full of 5 minute rants, an author biography, and a review of a text that is as integral to our society as Shakespeare and as censored as Salinger.  Art Spiegelman’s graphic novel, Maus, is the historically accurate tale of the author’s parents’ horrific capture and imprisonment at Auschwitz during World War II.  The novel has recently been banned by a school district in Tennessee, and due to this, is nearly impossible to find in libraries and booksellers.  

As I have previously discussed in episodes dealing with banned and censored works, the message of the text is always more important and necessary to our society than the reasons behind the censorship.  This novel outlining the horrors inflicted upon the Jewish population should not be forgotten by, or banned from, our students.  

Continue the conversation.  Find yourself a copy of “Maus”.  Share with others.  Stop the Censorship.  

“When books are run out of school classrooms and libraries, I’m never much disturbed.  Not as a citizen, not as a writer, not even as a schoolteacher…which I used to be.  What I tell kids is, don’t get mad, get even.  Don’t spend time waving signs or carrying petitions around the neighborhood.  Instead, RUN, don’t walk, to the nearest non-school library or the local bookstore and get whatever it was that they banned.  Read whatever they’re trying to keep out of your eyes and your brain, because that’s exactly what you need to know.”  - Stephen King

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Links to Articles in Episode

Movie Offers for Maus

Art Spiegelman Biography

Tennessee Schoolboard Bans Maus

Whoopi Goldberg Criticism

Interview with Art Spiegelman


Saturday, February 12, 2022

The Boy With a Bird in His Chest, and an Interview with Emme Lund!

This week’s episode is such a special one for me!  I had the distinct honor and pleasure to interview Emme Lund, the author of “The Boy With a Bird in His Chest”.  Emme and I had such an amazing conversation, and the novel was such a joyous, emotional roller coaster of a read.  I hope you enjoy our conversation, the review, AND go out there and pick yourself up a copy!  “The Boy With a Bird in His Chest” releases in TWO days, on Feb. 15th, and it is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever you buy books.  Visit for more information.  

Author Information:  Emme Lund is an author living and writing in Portland, Oregon.  She has an MFA from Mills College.  Her work has appeared in Electric Literature, Time, The Rumpus, Paper Darts, and many more.  In 2019, she was awarded an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship in Fiction. 

“The Boy With a Bird in His Chest” is her first novel.   

You can find Emme online on Instagram @_emmelund, on Twitter @emme_lund and on Facebook @LundeEmme 

As always, Happy Reading!