>The upcoming opening of The Seeker, formerly known as The Dark is Rising, has a lot of people on edge, not least Susan Cooper. I’m reminded of another time this title got in trouble, branded as racist in 1976 by the Council on Interracial Books for Children in their Human and Anti-Human Values in Children’s Books: A Content Rating Instrument for Educators and Parents. And it was the title itself that got Cooper’s book in hot water with this crowd, who believed that the equation of darkness with evil was “racist by commission,” meaning overtly harmful. If I recall right, The Dark Is Rising was also labeled “racist by omission,” by the CIBC, because it didn’t have any black characters. I’ll have to remember to ask Susan what she thought about all this.
>I’m guessing Greenwitch will be a whole ‘nother ball of wax.
October 3, 2007 by 7 Comments
Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: Transformations
On October 2-3 2015, join an esteemed group of award-winning authors, illustrators, librarians, and other children’s book experts and aficionados in Boston, MA, for a memorable two-day event celebrating the best in children’s and young adult literature. Confirmed speakers include 2015 BOSTON GLOBE HORN–BOOK AWARD recipients Candace Fleming, Marla Frazee, Jon Agee, Gregory Maguire, and Neal Shusterman, plus a special keynote appearance by Susan Cooper.