Banned Books Week: Our right to read, September 24-30, 2017

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2017 Banned Books Week Celebrates Our Right to Read

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 10:42 -- Maggie Jacoby
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Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, will be held the week of September 24th in 2017. For this year’s celebration, the coalition of organizations that sponsors Banned Books Week will emphasize the importance of the First Amendment, which guarantees our inherent right to read.

Censorship is happening and it is infringing on the right of readers.

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Banned Books Week Event at Powell's on CSPAN

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 10:22 -- Maggie Jacoby
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During 2016 Banned Books Week, Powell's Books in Portland, OR held an event featuring Charles Brownstein, Executive Director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and chair of the Banned Books Week Coalition, authors Cory Doctorow (Information Doesn't Want to Be Free), Cathy Camper (Lowriders to the Center of the Earth), M. K. Reed (Americus), and illustrator/cartoonist Jonathan Hill (Americus) for a panel discussion on the theme of diversity. The discussion was moderated by Candace Morgan, Coordinator of Celebrate the Freedom to Read in Oregon.

Frequently Challenged Books with Diverse Content

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 20:25 -- Maggie Jacoby
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This year's Banned Books Week is celebrating diversity. Below is a selection of books by diverse authors or containing diverse content that have been frequently challenged and/or banned.
While diversity is seldom given as a reason for a challenge, it seems, in fact, to be an underlying and unspoken factor. These challenged works are often about people and issues which include LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities—people or issues that, perhaps, challengers would prefer not to consider. 
 

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