Rising interest for controversial book in libraries
NZ Herald 30 October 2015
Controversy around youth novel Into the River has stirred rising interest in the book at some libraries.
In September, the president of the Film and Literature Board of Review issued an interim restriction order banning sale or distribution of Ted Dawe’s book pending completion of a review, following a Family First application.
This month, the book — which contains scenes of sex, crime and violence — was classified as unrestricted.
Rotorua District Library director Jane Gilbert said the library’s copy of the book was purchased in March 2013 and was issued 13 times before the interim ban — at a rate of less than once every two months.
Children’s and teens librarian Kylie Foster said Into the River had been out once since the ban was lifted and three people had reserved the book.