Gay-themed children’s book sparks education row in Taiwan

Sept 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A gay-themed children’s book about two princes who fall in love and get married has sparked protests by parents in Taiwan, after it was added to a government-backed reading programme.

“King & King”, originally published in Dutch, follows the story of a young prince who was pressured by his mother to marry a princess but then falls in love with another prince.

The Chinese version of the book was added to a list of books that the government distributed to students aged six and seven this month in Taiwan, which last year became the first place in Asia to allow same-sex marriage.

The reading scheme is part of an extra-curricular programme aimed at fostering a love for reading, and is not compulsory in schools. Despite this, the move sparked protests outside the education ministry this week.


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Lisa Lucas, head of National Book Foundation, to join Knopf

NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the organization which presents the National Book Awards is joining the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Lisa Lucas, executive director of the National Book Foundation since 2016, has been named senior vice president of the Knopf imprints Pantheon and Schocken Books.

“I love books, I love talking about them, reading about them and spreading the word about them,” Lucas said in a recent telephone interview. “And the idea that you might walk into a bookstore and see a book you published seemed this extraordinary, magical, beautiful thing.”

The 40-year-old Lucas has been widely praised for her passionate stewardship of the foundation, from organizing the annual November dinner ceremony in Manhattan for the National Book Awards to overseeing the foundation’s wide range of literary and educational programs. She will join imprints that have a long history of publishing critical and commercial successes, including works by

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