Pat Conroy writes to book banners

Pat Conroy, author of “The Prince of Tides”, responds to a school board in West Virginia which banned two of his books:

The school board of Charleston, West Virginia, has sullied that gift and shamed themselves and their community. You’ve now entered the ranks of censors, book-banners, and teacher-haters, and the word will spread. Good teachers will avoid you as though you had cholera. But here is my favorite thing: Because you banned my books, every kid in that county will read them, every single one of them. Because book banners are invariably idiots, they don’t know how the world works — but writers and English teachers do.

Read the whole letter to the editor here.

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