Today Knopf published an official response to the New Jersey school district that pulled Haruki Murakami‘s Norwegian Wood off a reading list.
Here is the response: “We are disheartened to learn about the action by a New Jersey school district to remove a book from its required reading list due to objections from a group of concerned parents. The novel, NORWEGIAN WOOD by Haruki Murakami, was originally selected for the list based on suggestions by teachers, librarians, and administrators within the district, and the list was approved by the board of education. It is unfortunate the parents felt the need to dismiss such an important work of fiction and regrettable the school district would succumb to such pressure and disregard the recommendation of its own professional educators.”
Below, we’ve included a Storify post about the controversial novel. It includes book reviews, photos, Google books links and social network posts about Norwegian Wood.