Bestseller by Jonah Lehrer pulled from library shelves

Aug 08, 2012

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has stopped publication of "Imagine: How Creativity Works" because the author, Jonah Lehrer, apparently intentionally misquoted Bob Dylan. Lehrer has also resigned from the New Yorker.

According to the New York Times, "All of (the publisher's) retail and wholesale accounts ... would be asked to stop selling ‘Imagine’ and return unsold copies for a full refund." The title is no longer available on the publisher’s website.

When a publisher recalls a book because of misinformation, Sno-Isle Libraries' standard practice is to pull it from the library collection. It is no longer on the shelf at Mukilteo Library.

Unfortunately, “Imagine” was a bestseller and had many holds on the book and audiobook. The online catalog has been revised to show why the item is no longer available.

Requests can no longer be accepted for this title. The library will notify customers with holds on this title that the holds have been cancelled.

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