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‘Fifty Shades’ returned to the shelves at BC bookstore

The "Fifty Shades of Grey" trilogy by best-selling author E L James.
The "Fifty Shades of Grey" trilogy by best-selling author E L James.(Vintage Books/AP/File)

"Fifty Shades of Grey" is back on the shelf at the Boston College Bookstore. E.L. James's S&M-themed bestseller was briefly pulled after a customer complained about seeing the erotic novel on the display. (According to the campus newspaper, The Heights, someone complained that the bookstore at the Jesuit school was "promoting a book that goes against Catholic religion.") BC spokesman Jack Dunn told us the decision to remove the book was made by Follett Corp., the Illinois-based company that operates the BC store (and about 950 other campus booksellers), not by BC. He said the school urged the company to reconsider its decision, reminding Follett "of the inappropriateness of banning books at a university." Follett rep Elio DiStaola told us the company takes every complaint seriously. "We pull the book, have a conversation, and make a determination," he said. "In this case, we put it back on the shelf."