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Sunday, September 27th, Begins #BannedBooksWeek 2015 !


It’s true we live in confusing times—torn by radically opposing ideas—drenched with rank materialism; Banned Books Weekall making Banned Books Week a fascinating U.S. “celebration”.

You can explore how a high school overrode their own rules to ban a book for a handful of parents

Or, how a book about medical ethics and history is called “pornographic”

Do we still need a Banned Books Week?

A few excerpts from the official site:

“There was obviously a good reason for starting it in 1982. Efforts to remove controversial books from schools and libraries skyrocketed following the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980…”

“In the mid-1990s, there were almost 800 book challenges per year.”

And, when considering that a certain observer says “…book challenges [are] isolated and rare’. They are a mere ’rounding error in our free speech accounting’…”, the site says:

“…statistics do not give a full picture of what is going on. The reality is that censorship is still a problem in this country, and most of the victims are kids. Sometimes books are literally taken out of their hands. In Tucson a couple of years ago, school officials entered a classroom and collected books that they then tossed in boxes marked ‘banned’.

“In 2014–2015, there were efforts to censor Young Adult books by Sherman Alexie, Stephen Chbosky, Chris Crutcher, Emily M. Danforth, Barthe DeClements, Cory Doctorow, John Green, Ellen Hopkins, David Levithan, Stephanie Meyer, Jodi Picoult, Marjane Satrapi, and Raina Telgemeier.”

Read more reasons to celebrate Banned Books Week

Also, check out the American Library Association’s Frequently Challenged Books

And, here’s a video of the Executive Director of the American Library Association reading a banned book:


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2 responses to “Sunday, September 27th, Begins #BannedBooksWeek 2015 !

  1. Jane Watson September 26, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    I do know a school in Australia that banned the Harry Potter books on Christian principles… which kinda surprised me because I always thought Harry Potter was all about the triumph of good over evil, and I always thought that was a basic tenet of Christianity….

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    • Alexander M Zoltai September 26, 2015 at 8:05 pm

      You’ve got it right, Jane; the school had it dead wrong…

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