By Matt Artz
Friday, February 4th, 2011 at 9:48 am in Uncategorized.
The San Francisco Writers Conference is honoring Washington High School Teacher Teri Hu for her efforts to teach the book “Bastard out of Carolina” by Dorothy Allison.
Fremont student Dylan Mahood will receive the conference’s “Freedom to Read” Scholarship.
The school board has banned the book, determining that it’s too adult for high school students.
Allison will be attending this year’s conference Feb. 18 – 20.
Here’s a blurb from a press release:
Since Allison will be a keynote presenter at the 2011 San Francisco Writers Conference,
that decision could not be ignored by the SFWC organizers. “We were troubled that a significant
book would be withheld from students,” said SFWC Marketing Director Barbara Santos. “We
also felt we had a vested interest in supporting our friend, Dorothy.” In response to the school
board decision, they decided to extend a scholarship to a student Ms. Hu would select.