'I've Been Banned Ever Since the Beginning of My Career'

"I've been banned for years. I've been banned ever since the beginning of my career.... And I'm one of these sort of woowoo guys who does believe in some of the esotericism of art, that it will find its way, it will find who it's for.... I have no qualms over you wanting to adjust your curriculum, I honestly don't. It's not my place.... I'm just asking that you leave the books available, so that the young people who might want to read these books can get them."

--Author Jason Reynolds, who has just closed out his tenure as U.S. National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, in conversation with U.K. Children's Laureate Joseph Coelho (via the Guardian)
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