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Local Author Fights Censorship and Wins!

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Erin Breen
Channel 2 News

Just when you might have thought censorship had become a part of our past, a fight over it has centered around a local author.

Ellen Hopkins writes reality-based fiction for young adults. Her work includes the bestsellers Crank, Impulse, Burned, Glass and Tricks. And while those novels involve what some may see as sometimes questionable language, they have also made her a very popular author on the national circuit.

She was recently invited to a book festival in Houston, Texas and then abruptly 'un-invited' when a librarian there questioned her content.

"But she never even bothered to call and ask me what I'd be talking about!" Hopkins says. "Istead they just uninvited me!"

She let it be known that she was being censored. "As authors we can't allow anything that even begins to look like censorship!" she says. "And a person or group of people should not be allowed to decide what everyone else reads. Words are important to us, that's what we do. And we can't let something like this happen without standing up and saying this is wrong!"

When the other authors got wind of what was happening all but two pulled out of the festival and it has now been canceled. Proving once again that the pen and the Internet are powerful weapons indeed when it comes to communication.

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