Banned Books Week

27 Sep

 

Saturday, Sept. 25th marked the beginning of Banned Books Week, which runs through this Friday, Oct. 2nd. A description, from the Banned Books Week website:

Banned Books Week is the only national celebration of the freedom to read. It was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than a thousand books have been challenged since 1982. The challenges have occurred in every state and in hundreds of communities. Click here to see a map of book bans and challenges in the US from 2007 to 2009. People challenge books that they say are too sexual or too violent. They object to profanity and slang, and they protest against offensive portrayals of racial or religious groups–or positive portrayals of homosexuals. Their targets range from books that explore contemporary issues and controversies to classic and beloved works of American literature.

Here at A Home Between The Pages, I’ll be celebrating banned books all week, discussing and reviewing commonly banned books, and generally promoting the importance of the First Amendment and free speech in literature. This is one of those topics that’s really close to my heart, so I’ll be dedicating the blog to it this week.

For today, here are some links to get you started. Am I missing any? Please feel free to add them in the comments. Or if you’re doing Banned Books events on your blog, please link away 🙂

As for me, I’ll be wearing my “I Read Banned Books” bracelet all week.

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2 Responses to “Banned Books Week”

  1. Brenna September 27, 2010 at 3:42 pm #

    Thanks for sharing these links! I look forward to checking back throughout the week for reviews and discussions. I love banned books week 🙂

  2. trish September 28, 2010 at 9:33 am #

    Yes! The freedom to read . . .

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