George Saunders, Jack Pendarvis, and Andy Cohen

The LCOPL is excited to share with you thoughts from three fantastic authors today.

George Saunders gave a reading at Square Books this spring and it was packed. We can guarantee that no one left that night without having a laugh. George is the author of CivilWarLand in Bad Decline and most recently Tenth of December. He was very kind to send us a quote despite his busy schedule.

Censorship is fear of an idea.  In a way, for an idea, it’s a compliment.  An idea must have to be pretty hefty to scare a government.  The author of a book that gets banned should feel that he’s really done something right: said just that thing that a potential oppressor can’t bear to hear.  So: hooray for the authors of banned books.  We should all be so good.”

Do you know Jack Pendarvis? He is quickly becoming (if he isn’t already) an Oxford legend. Not only is he the author of Your Body is Changing and Awesome, he also teaches fiction and contemporary literature at Ole Miss. We believe the best thing about him is the fact that he has a library card and a great sense of humor.

“I can’t believe the library wants to ban books! What? They’re against it? Well, then, library, I guess we have something in common after all: our love of dirty books. Go check out the smuttiest book you can find, and tell ’em Jack Pendarvis sent you.”

Andy Cohen’s got the 4-1-1“. So begins the theme song to Watch What Happens Live, the late night talk show on Bravo that is hosted and executive produced by Andy Cohen. He is also Bravo’s Executive Vice President of Development and Talent as well as the author of Most Talkative which was reviewed on this very blog. Andy is a busy man, but was kind enough to respond to our request via Facebook.

i don’t know what i have to say besides it’s bad and dangerous! was my book banned, btw? i probably would have something to say about that!”

Thank you George, Jack, and Andy!

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