Guernica: What do you think lies at the heart of people’s banning and challenging of books?
Katherine Paterson: I think it is probably fear. Parents who want to ban books usually fear that something in a particular book might harm their child, and even if their child doesn’t read it, if it is available and his/her classmates read it, that might have a corrosive effect. Dictators and persons in authority are afraid that reading might cause people to think and then act in a way that would threaten their power. It has certainly done this historically.
Katherine Paterson, one of my favorite Presbyterians.
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