UPDATE: Advocates of Book Shelved by Meridian Schools Purchase Copies Through Rediscovered Books


UPDATE: Tuesday, April 22, 9:07 a.m.

The group responsible for obtaining copies of a book challenged in the Meridian School District has chosen a distribution venue.

Meridian School District students interested in obtaining a copy of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie may do so from 5 p.m.-sunset at Kleiner Park in Meridian Wednesday, April 23. If there are books left over by sunset, they will be taken to Rediscovered Books in Boise where they will be available for pickup until they are gone. 

ORIGINAL POST: April 17, 1:06 p.m.

In this week's edition of Boise Weekly, readers learned about Sara Baker and Jennifer Lott, two women from Washington state who are purchasing copies of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie, to distribute at Centennial High School after the Meridian Joint School District removed the book from its high-school sophomore supplemental reading list. 

Originally, the pair planned to purchase the books through Amazon.com, but after consulting with a local donor, Baker and Lott will be purchasing 350 copies of the book from Rediscovered Books in Boise for about $8.50 per copy—"in the neighborhood of the Amazon price," Baker said.

"Whenever somebody wants to ban a book I get really frustrated, and every time that happens someone comes along and renews my faith in humanity," said Rediscovered Books co-owner Bruce DeLaney.

Rediscovered Books frequently supports challenged literature in the Boise area. Tonight at 6 p.m. the shop will host This Book is Not Yet Rated, a panel discussion among Boise State University professors exploring the graphic novel Blue is the Warmest Colour, the story of a romance between a high-school student, Clementine and the older, blue-haired Emma, which became an award-winning film of the same name

Baker and Lott are working with allies in Meridian and Boise on distribution options. The book cannot be distributed on school property, and they're considering distributing the books at a park or the local public library branch.