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March 20, 2013

Persepolis Gets a Ban and a Boost


Chicago's public schools system CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett banned Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis last week, citing its graphic language and images as the reason for its removal from the seventh-grade curriculum. To make matters even worse, Byrd-Bennett also suggested the book may be removed from the curriculum for grades 8 throguh 10. Both PW and Shelf Awareness reported on the controversy recently and how the ban has made the graphic novel a hit at local bookstores, even if it's for all the wrong reasons.

A surprising aspect is that  Persepolis is now selling out at Chicago-area bookstores. and its two sequels saw a dramatic spike in sales over the weekend in the Windy City, reports. It's a shame to see the book being treated this way; here's hoping the Chicago board comes to its senses and reverses its decision.