Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie‘s Lost Girls has been removed from the shelves of New Zealand’s Auckland Library. You can probably guess why.
Louise LaHatte, regional collections manager for Auckland City Libraries, said the book had never gone to the Office of Film and Literature Classification but the library was worried if the book was referred to the censor it would be found objectionable – meaning the library had broken the law.
The library purchases more than 500,000 books each year and never sends them to the censor; unlike films, books get classified only if someone thinks they are offensive and demands they be checked.
The library did not want to send Lost Girls to the censor itself for fear it could be perceived as an attempt to ban the book.
So in order to avoid the possibility of the book being officially banned, it has been… unofficially banned.
Comic book creator Dylan Horrocks has kicked off a debate on the issue and the library is considering its return…