Monday, October 31, 2016

"Banned in Joplin" Book Tour starts Saturday, November 12 at Always Buying Books

The first stop on the "Banned in Joplin Book Tour," is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, November 12, at Always Buying Books, 5357 N. Main, Joplin.

Other stops will be announced later.

The signing will feature the 10th anniversary "Banned in Joplin" edition of my horror/mystery novel Devil's Messenger.

The "Banned in Joplin" tag on the
book and the tour are because of the book's removal from the shelves of Joplin schools, where it had been in the libraries for seven years before former Joplin R-8 Superintendent C. J. Huff filed charges against me, claiming I had assigned the book to students (I hadn't), the book had strong sexual content (it barely borders on PG) and it has violence (He had me there. After all it is a murder mystery and a horror story.)

Some of the other books featured at the signing will include my 2015 non-fiction title Silver Lining in a Funnel Cloud, which reveals how Joplin City and R-8 officials' bungling and deceit cost taxpayers millions after the tornado, my novel No Child Left Alive, which details one year at a dysfunctional high school in a school district led by a narcissistic superintendent and an assistant superintendent who will stop at nothing to get what she wants, the earlier Joplin Tornado books, and the non-fiction .Let Teachers Teach.

Hope to see you at Always Buying Books.


Anonymous said...

Just banned in Joplin schooled or banned in Joplin Public Library as well?

Randy said...

Just the Joplin Schools. I don't think the library has a copy, but it did have one in its "for sale's section a few weeks ago and the last time I looked, someone had bought it.

Anonymous said...

should the sticker say banned in Joplin Schools?

Randy said...

Perhaps, but Joplin Schools are in Joplin and Banned in Joplin is catchier.

Ron said...

A book? Why would I read, when I can watch the movie instead?!

Randy said...

That 1961 movie has the same name, but it is a different plot, different characters and was released more than 35 years before Instant Messenger was created.

Anonymous said...

Why should a teacher who was fired for cause have any expectation of being read by the very same school library which was forced to fire him because of misconduct?

Turner is simply a dishonest hack whose books are altogether fiction, especially the allegedly non-fiction ones.