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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.
Last week, the L.A. Times announced its nominees for its book prizes, to be awared at the L.A. Times Festival of the Book this April 19. Five nominees made the initial cut: