Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Golden Mean Banned on Canadian Ferryboat

A ferry service, owned by British Columbia Ferries and connecting Canada's Pacific islands to the mainland, has banned The Golden Mean because a naked boy astride a white horse adorns the front cover.  It has drawn worldwide speculation and attention, but the reasons given are because the ferries are family-oriented and children frequent the gift shops and might see the cover of the book.

The Golden Mean won the 2009 Rogers Writers Trust first prize and was a finalist for the Giller Prize and the Governor General's Award.

What do you think?


  1. That's a shame, I think. It's definitely not anything pornographic in nature...looks more artsy than anything else. I hate to hear of books being banned...

  2. Different countries have different covers. I'm sure it'll cost, but if they want to sell the book, they can always change the cover.

  3. I think our society's hang-up over nudity is ridiculous.

    The cover photo isn't even revealing.

    Makes you wonder about the people behind the ban - don't they have any important problems to worry about?


  4. I think that's absolutely ridiculous! The book is fabulous and people need to get over their silly hang-ups