Simon & Schuster has cancelled Dangerous by Milo Yiannopoulous after a controversial video was released this week. The American Conservative Union also cancelled his appearance this week.  PW covers the history of this title which was initially due to be released in March, but recently delayed until June. The New York Times has more information on the most recent controversy.

Updated information:  Items have been deleted from the PAC  and Overdrive. Nancy has notified the requesters of the cancellation of the title when the requester provided an email address.

Collection Development staff had ordered three formats of this title – book, ebook and eaudio.  These were purchased based on requests from our users.  We have removed the catalog entries. Requesters were notified their hold was cancelled with information on the cancellation of the book.  The ebook and eaudio holds have been deleted and requester have been notified by email.

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Threshold Editions , imprint of Simon & Schuster, has pulled Embassy House by Dylan Davies.  He wrote the under the pseudonym of Sergeant Morgan Jones.  His co-author was Damien Lewis.  Here is the Assoicated Press report. Doubt had arisen that Davies saw raid in the American Embassy in Benghazi, Libya.  CBS 60 minutes apologized for using the same source.

I had ordered four copies based on the subject and the popularity of the publisher.  The books are not yet on the shelf.  I am pulling this title, and we cancelled the holds.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has stopped publication of Imagine : how creativity works because the author, Jonah Lehrer apparently misquoted Bob Dylan.  Lehrer has also resigned from the New Yorker. Here is what the New York Times has to say.  The title is no longer available on the publisher’s website.

When a publisher pulls a book because of misinformation, we also pull it from our collection.  Unfortunately, this was a nonfiction bestseller.  We have many copies of the book and audiobook and they have many holds. The title information in the PAC has been revised to show why the this book is no longer available. The call number now says Recalled by publisher. No requests can be accepted for this title.   We have made the copies unholdable. We will notify requestors that the holds have been cancelled.   We are seeing if we can add more specific information on the cancellation notice. Please do not cancel holds yourself.

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PW’s the Beat moves

February 4, 2010

One of the graphic novels online resources I regularly view is The Beat.  Until now it was part of PW.  It has now become independent. 

The new website writes:

“THE BEAT, now in its sixth year, is dedicated to providing the timeliest and most pertinent news and information about comics, the people who make them, the readers who love them and the world that shapes them.

HEIDI MacDONALD is an award-winning writer and editor and a veteran entertainment industry journalist. As an editor she has worked for Disney, Warner Bros., and Fox, among many others.”

The new url is  Check it out.

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Several titles have been recalled by Oxmoor House because they contain dangerous electrical information.  They include several Sunset titles. We are removing these titles from our collection.  Here is the recall information:

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Disney buys Iron Man +

August 31, 2009

Los Angeles Times

By Dawn C. Chmielewski Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

August 31, 2009 | 7:33 a.m.

Disney to buy comic book powerhouse Marvel Entertainment

The estimated $4-billion deal would give Disney access to a library of more than 5,000 characters and help it strengthen its appeal to the young male audience. Ike Perlmutter, Marvel’s CEO, will work directly with Disney to build and integrate Marvel’s properties.

The Walt Disney Co. today announced that it had agreed to acquire comic-book giant Marvel Entertainment, creator of such characters as Iron Man and Spider-Man, in a cash-and-stock deal worth an estimated $4 billion.

The acquisition would give Disney access to a library of more than 5,000 characters — several of whom have inspired major films for other Hollywood studios. Marvel, meanwhile, gains the clout of Disney’s ability to take a popular character and make money on it through films, television and licensed merchandise.

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Looks like Disney is going for the young male audience (who are not so into princesses).  Much talk about the characters (esp. Iron Man) and licencing, not much about the actual comics and graphic novels.

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From the Herald, March 6, 2009

Teens fuel the rise of the graphic novel

Cheyanne Lee wandered up to the Mukilteo Public Library checkout scanner with 13 bright, gleaming books bundled up in her arms.

The 12-year-old figured she would zip through the stack of Japanese manga and quickly come back for more.

Cheyanne is part of a growing generation of young people who devour graphic novels, a type of comic book that usually has a longer and more complex plot.

“I love reading these books,” she said. “They are not like any other kind of books. They are like comic books, but the story just goes on and on and on.”

Their popularity is a big reason circulation of teen fiction in the Sno-Isle Regional Libraries system has nearly doubled over the past five years. By comparison, circulation among adult fiction rose by 11 percent.

Last year, 44 percent of books checked out by teens in Sno-Isle’s 21 libraries were graphic novels. Some Sno-Isle libraries now break out graphic novels in the children’s, teen and adult sections.

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