Grafton and Scratch

Grafton and Scratch

December 18, 2012 10:00 ET

ALA's Too Hot List for 2012: Pamela McColl and Paul McCartney

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 18, 2012) - The American Library Association's criticism of the Canadian published smoke-free Twas The Night Before Christmas (Clement C. Moore) goes too far. The ALA told national CBC Radio on The Current the edit is an act of "literary vandalism" by publisher Pamela McColl. The nicotine industry, in publicly released statements, has jumped on the accusatory band-wagon and criticizes McColl for needlessly trying to rewrite history. These tactics can be expected from the predatory nicotine industry, but surely not academia.

McColl says, "The ALA on National Public Radio out of L.A. last week acknowledged that I had not breached any copyright law but they wouldn't stop there going and publically denounced the edit as a misrepresentation of the author's original work. McColl rejects these comments and the claim that this edit is in any way censorship. "You can still buy a smoking Santa book. I just think you should be given the choice of editions. We get to decide what we read to our children, not librarians. McColl's edition is supported by many in the public health sector, has garnered "legitimate and excellent status" by major book reviewers, won two first place awards and is a bestseller on in three categories, thanks to the buying public.

"Santa should have stopped smoking a long time ago," said Cynthia Callard, Executive Director of Physicians for A Smoke-Free Canada. "Parents should not have to choose between depriving their children of a cultural classic or exposing them to role-modeling for smoking - especially from their hero and a magical figure who is given a special role in family events," Callard said, in an interview about the book with Medical Post.

ALA says this edit is depriving the public of the opportunity to "grabble with difficult literature". McColl isn't buying that and asserts people want to read this wonderful poem on Christmas Eve and not expose their children to as powerful a model as Santa puffing away. Kids don't want Santa smoking either and McColl asserts this edit was done for them.

Sir Paul McCartney is refusing to sing about "turkeys" and altered the lyrics in a classic carol to suit his views. Watch out Sir Paul, the librarians are sharpening their pencils and you well be next on the ALA's vandals list.'t_Smoke_Anymore.mp3

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