Welcome to Banned Books Week, librarian friends!
This is the week to re-read and recommend all your favorite banned and challenged books. And if you're feeling inspired to read aloud, we highly recommend that you submit a banned book reading video the the Virtual Read-Out page on YouTube.
If you finish all of your favorite banned books before Friday, we recommend two excellent author biographies that uphold the spirit of the week: AND SO IT GOES, the first authoritative biography of Kurt Vonnegut Jr., and JUST ONE CATCH, an illuminating biography of Joseph Heller.Read more
While writing his biography of Donald Barthelme (HIDING MAN), Daugherty and his editor here at St. Martin's Press had a brief conversation about tackling Joeseph Heller for his next biography. Daugherty says, "I had taught CATCH-22 for many years in my college classes. One day I decided to reread it. Then I reread Heller’s other books. And then I began to get very interested." And the rest is history. Brilliantly detailed history, in fact.
As Booklist says it in their starred review, "Brilliantly detailed and constructively analytical, Daugherty’s groundbreaking portrait of the prophetic, contradictory, and essential Joseph Heller is dramatic and revelatory."Read more