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“Lost Girls” Cleared by Canadian Customs

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“Lost Girls” Cleared by Canadian Customs

In a release issued by Top Shelf, the publisher has announced that Canadian Customs has cleared Alan Moore & Melinda Gebbie’s controversial “Lost Girls” for importation into Canada. The full text of the release follows.

Top Shelf Productions is pleased to announce that the Canada Border
Services Agency (Canada Customs) has formally cleared Alan Moore & Melinda
Gebbie’s LOST GIRLS for importation into Canada.

In a thoughtful letter from the agency, dated 27 October 2006, the CBSA
stated that the “depictions and descriptions are integral to the
development of an intricate, imaginative, and artfully rendered storyline,”
and that “the portrayal of sex is necessary to a wider artistic and
literary purpose.” They concluded with “Its importation into Canada is
therefore allowed.”

We’re very grateful to the Canada Border Services Agency for their
enlightened decision regarding Lost Girls, as well as to our Canadian
attorney Darrel H. Pearson (of Gottlieb & Pearson) for helping us prepare
the documents necessary to request a formal review of the work.

What this means is that the book will now be available to all Canadian
retailers and fans as soon as the new printing arrives at our distributor
(Diamond Book Distributors) in mid-December. This new printing will likely
sell out in a single day, so please be sure to put your orders into the
Diamond system as soon as you can, to make sure you get the copies you need.

For more on “Lost Girls,” don’t miss our three part series of interviews with Moore and Gebbie from May of this year.

“Lost Girls” Cleared by Canadian Customs
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