July 6, 2022



Author Rupi Kaur opens up about her book being flagged in Texas

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Popular Canadian-Indian author Rupi Kaur says it’s “unfortunate” and “disturbing” that some students no longer have access to her first book of poetry “Milk and Honey” after it was pulled from school bookshelves in Texas. 

The 29-year-old from Bramptom, Ont., took to Instagram Thursday to open up about the book being challenged in the Lone Star State, which Kaur says is because the work “explores sexual assault and violence experienced by a young woman.”

The book has also faced challenges in classrooms and libraries in Oregon, Kaur noted. “The banning of ‘Milk and Honey’ along with an ever growing list of literature is dangerously terrifying,” Kaur wrote. “Banning books is the banning of culture and experiences for everybody.” 

Kaur’s post has received more than one million views and hundreds of comments from fans sharing the impact “Milk and Honey” has had on their lives. “To prevent others from accessing this book who may not have the resources to buy their own copy is devastating to me,” commented one user. “As someone who was sexually assaulted, Milk and Honey was such an important and comforting book to aid me in my healing.”

Over three million copies of “Milk and Honey” have been sold globally since its release in 2014. The collection of poems and short stories spent more than a year on the New York Times Bestseller list. 

The book was flagged for removal in Keller ISD in Keller, Texas after the district received a complaint from a parent in January. A decision on its removal is still pending, according to the district. 

When asked in an interview with ABC News Live Thursday what her reaction was to her book being challenged, Kaur said it left her speechless. “It breaks my heart,” she said. 

Kaur said that young girls and women relate to her book — which explores themes of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity — because they’ve shared those same experiences.

“It’s so unfortunate and kind of disturbing just to see the ways that those poems about our experiences about the abuse that we endure, are the reason that this book is being banned,” she said. “And it’s really scary moving forward.” 

Kaur says she hopes to continue working with librarians and teachers to find a way to get her book back on classroom shelves. Despite the challenges, Kaur is stopping by cities in both Texas and Oregon during her upcoming world tour.

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