From High Country Press:
Nov. 21, 2013. Isabel Allende, author of “The House of the Spirits,” recently penned a letter to the Watauga County Board of Education, comparing the risk of her book being banned from Watauga County Schools as something that is common practice in Cuba, Korea or by religious fundamentalist groups like the Taliban.
“But I did not expect it in our democracy,” Allende wrote.
The letter was printed in its entirety on the School Library Journal website with the headline: “Isabel Allende Defends ‘House of the Spirits’ to North Carolina School Board” on Nov. 20. School Library Journal reported that Allende emailed the “impassioned letter” to school board members, interim Supt. David Fonseca and Watauga High School Principal Marshall Gasperson. She also sent them print copies of the letter with a copy of her book, too.