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Subject "Persepolis" graphic novel BANNED by Chicago public schools; sales increase at bookstores
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Original Message LINCOLN SQUARE Some Chicago neighborhood bookstores saw a rush on the graphic novel "Persepolis" over the weekend as readers snapped up copies in the wake of a CPS book banning controversy.

"Whatever we had, we sold," reported Suzy Takacs, owner of Lincoln Square's The Book Cellar.

Author Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel series "Persepolis I," "Persepolis II" and "The Complete Persepolis" was at the center of an uproar Friday following orders from Chicago Public Schools to remove it from the CPS curriculum for 7th graders.

CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett cited "graphic language and images" in the book, a memoir of the author's childhood in Iran in the 1970s and '80s as she lived through the Islamic Revolution and the war with Iraq.

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