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  1. Michelle Koh Michelle Koh says:

    We celebrated Banned Books Week September 23-29 this year. I am a bit late wishing everyone Happy Banned Books Week! M. E. Kerr has joined the ranks of authors who have works banned for various reasons. I will follow the tradition of sharing previously gathered information below:

    banned books week 2012

    Reprinted by permission of the American Library Association

    As it is Banned Books Week, it seems like the right time to note books by M. E. Kerr that have been banned or challenged over the years. I will list what  I know and I hope M. E. Kerr will chime in and make additions or correct me.

    Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack -Banned or challenged for “references to religion, drug use and potential use of heroin.”

    Gentlehands – Banned or challenged for “showing one Nazi in a positive light.”

    Hello I Lied – Banned or challenged for “homosexual content.”

    I’ll Love You When You’re More Like Me – Banned or challenged because “a character has a gay friend.”

    Night Kites – Banned or challenged for “discussing AIDS and homosexuality.”

    I believe the following titles were “challenged” which means questioned but not banned:

    Deliver Us from Evie

    Fell

    Slap Your Sides

    What Became of Her

     

    Related links:

    http://www.ala.org/advocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek

    http://bannedbooksweek.org/

    http://www.washoecounty.us/repository/files/8/bb%20list.pdf

    http://wiu.libguides.com/content.php?pid=217701&sid=1816633

    http://www.ala.org/advocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek/ideasandresources/free_downloads

  2. Michelle Koh Michelle Koh says:

    Please enjoy the most recent addition to the site a page celebrating the fan art and friend given objects inspired by the works of M. E. Kerr, Mary Hames and Marijane Meaker.

    M. E. Kerr Fan Art, Etc.

  3. Michelle Koh Michelle Koh says:

    I was busy celebrating Marijane’s birthday with her, a.k.a. M. E. Kerr, and forgot to post well-wishes on the site! Here is Marijane Meaker on her deck with her two dogs on her birthday weekend!

    Marijane Meaker at home

  4. Michelle Koh Michelle Koh says:

    Marijane. Meaker a.k.a., M. E. Kerr, is an avid animal lover and lifelong supporter of A.R.F. – Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons . In honor of Lunar New Year 2018 being the Year of the Dog here are M. E. Kerr’s dogs:

    Buddy

    Amber

    They have quite a story. I will just say that it was requested they be adopted together.

  5. Michelle Koh Michelle Koh says:

    Shed

    This shed is in M.E. Kerr’s backyard. She told me a story about how one of her many rescued cats over the years, Mr. something, I can’t remember, used to hide inside the shed. A young neighbor asked her what he was doing in there. She told him that he was writing a book entitled, “I hate…” and it was a book about all of the things he hated.

    I would love to read that book!

  6. Michelle Koh Michelle Koh says:

    Nice to see this on M. E. Kerr’s birthday! From Booklist’s 50 Best YA Books of All Time, by Daniel Kraus | Booklist Online
    FEATURE. First published May 26, 2017 (Booklist Online).

    Booklist Online 50 Best YA Books

    Gentlehands, by M. E. Kerr (Harper, 1978).

    The Holocaust is the basis for many fine YA novels, but this book did something different. In a contemporary setting, it brought the subject home in a way that raised questions about personal morality as well as collective guilt. When Buddy and his new girlfriend meet his grandfather, they find him erudite and cultured. They are shocked to learn he may be a Nazi butcher.

    Thanks to John S. for the head’s up on this!

  7. Michelle Koh Michelle Koh says:

    It’s that time of year to celebrate Marijane Meaker’s birthday!

    Happy birthday 2017

    Here is M. E. Kerr holding court on her living room last month (April 2017).

  8. Michelle Koh Michelle Koh says:

    M.E. Kerr has several home offices. Here is a short video tour of one of them.

  9. Michelle Koh Michelle Koh says:

    Happy New Year

    I took this picture of the first sunrise of the year today at the beach. – Michelle

  10. Michelle Koh Michelle Koh says:

    I found this old but nice picture of me with M.E. Kerr on her deck. Thought I’d share it.

  11. Michelle Koh Michelle Koh says:

    Happy Banned Books Week! M. E. Kerr has joined the ranks of authors who have works banned for various reasons. I will re-post previously gathered information below:

    banned books week 2012

    Reprinted by permission of the American Library Association

    As it is Banned Books Week, it seems like the right time to note books by M. E. Kerr that have been banned or challenged over the years. I will list what  I know and I hope M. E. Kerr will chime in and make additions or correct me.

    Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack -Banned or challenged for “references to religion, drug use and potential use of heroin.”

    Gentlehands – Banned or challenged for “showing one Nazi in a positive light.”

    Hello I Lied – Banned or challenged for “homosexual content.”

    I’ll Love You When You’re More Like Me – Banned or challenged because “a character has a gay friend.”

    Night Kites – Banned or challenged for “discussing AIDS and homosexuality.”

    I believe the following titles were “challenged” which means questioned but not banned:

    Deliver Us from Evie

    Fell

    Slap Your Sides

    What Became of Her

     

    Related links:

    http://www.ala.org/advocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek

    http://bannedbooksweek.org/

    http://www.washoecounty.us/repository/files/8/bb%20list.pdf

    http://wiu.libguides.com/content.php?pid=217701&sid=1816633

    http://www.ala.org/advocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek/ideasandresources/free_downloads

  12. Michelle Koh Michelle Koh says:

    Here’s a recent picture of us from 2016 in her living room (her books are nicely displayed all throughout):

    ME Kerr and Webmaster

  13. Michelle Koh Michelle Koh says:

    Happy Birthday M.E. Kerr!!!

    Happy Birthday

  14. Michelle Koh Michelle Koh says:

    Nice article in The Advocate about our Marijane Meaker.

    Click here to read the full article.

    “Marijane Meaker isn’t a household name, but she should be.”

    Nice book cover collage in this article:

    The Advocate

    Thanks to our friend Nola Thacker for sending the link.

  15. i just read about you in LC. mar ap 2016
    and am thanking you for your years and writings
    and want you to know i award a no money, no statue,
    just for applause and kicks. rainbow rave reviews
    usually published in LC or coe, or maize.
    what would you recommend for my starter course?
    as i am broke, a freeby would be nice, not necessary.
    rainbow in st augustine.

  16. Michelle says:

    Welcome to Comments, continued! Follow the link to read previous Comments.

    Happy New Year! Things to do in 2016 include checking out M. E. Kerr’s recently released collection of short stories Edge, and with the spotlight on the movie Carol, attention has been put on her other work including Marijane Meaker’s memoir Highsmith.

    Click here for more information about Edge.

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