Challenged Works


Contes pour buveurs attardés

By Michel Tremblay (1996)




Challenges

2010 — In Laval, Quebec, the religious mother of a student at the École d’éducation internationale tried to persuade the school to ban this collection of short stories. Contes pour buveurs attardés has been a staple of Grade 10 reading lists throughout Quebec for years.

Objection — In the book’s preface, the author says that his stories tackle homosexuality, incest and encounters with the devil (although these references are so allusive that they are almost undetectable). The complainant declared that she did not want her son exposed to “such promotion of Satanism and pedophilia.”

Update — The school board turned down the woman’s demand and teachers kept the book on school reading lists.



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