Megan Abbott, Lee Durkee, and Frank Tuttle

Today’s Banned Books Week post is from three authors who are living in Oxford right now.


Megan Abbott is the 2013 John and Renee Grisham Writer-in Residence at the University of Mississippi. She is an Edgar Award Winning author and her novel Dare Me has been optioned for a film by Fox 2000 Pictures. Megan will also be our guest at a Books & Lunch on Wednesday, October the 23rd and we cannot wait.

 “When I think of my childhood, I think of it in terms of books. Not just the ones pressed into my hands at school or by my parents, but the ones I found on my own, frequently in my local library, burrowing into the stacks. So many of them–from Catcher in the Rye to The Outsiders to Judy Blume’s Deenie, Richard Wright’s Native Son–helped form me. I can’t imagine depriving any any reader (beginning or lifelong) of that great gift.”

Lee Durkee, the author of Rides of the Midway, attended the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of Arkansas. He also is a loyal LCOPL patron!

“The worst form of government censorship is a bad public-education system.  Education is the only way to fight the power much less rage against the machine.”


Frank Tuttle is a fantasy fiction author of the Markhat series of books. He also has started a Young Adult series with All the Paths of Shadow. The LCOPL is extremely thankful for Frank because he generously gives his time teaching a writing class once a month at the library!

“People who want to ban certain books must be ignorant of how books  work. Books have covers, you see. Anytime the book offends you, or  insults some cherished belief, or makes you uncomfortable, all you  need to do to stop reading is close the covers. Simple. Easy. Instead,  certain people decide to ‘protect’ society by making the book  unavailable to anyone. I have an issue with these people, the  book-banners. It’s up to me and me alone to decide what offends or  insults or discomfits me. No one else gets to decide that for me. I  neither want nor need any help in closing the covers myself.”


Thank you so much for contributing, Megan, Lee, and Frank!

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