Applications are now open for FTRF's 2013 Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund Banned Books Week event grants. Grants in the amounts of $2,500 and $1,000 will be given to organizations in support of "Read-Outs” or other activities that celebrate Banned Books Week (Sept. 22 – 30, 2013).
Applications will be accepted through April 30, 2013, and the announcements will be made in June.
The attempt to ban Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis from Chicago schools awoke immediate protest among students, teachers, parents, and free speech advocates such as CBLDF. The circumstances behind the ban are still unclear, but a recent opinion article in The Atlantic gives a teacher’s perspective to the situation and takes Chicago Public Schools to task for a bureaucracy that interferes with learning.
Last night, WTTW's Chicago Tonight aired a 15-minute segment trying to get to the real story about the reported Persepolis ban. Barbara Jones, Executive Director of ALA's Office of Intellectual Freedom, joined anchor Carol Marin, Kristine Mayle with the Chicago Teachers Union, and Lane Tech students Katie McDermott and Alexa Repp for a roundtable discussion about the circumstances surrounding the Persepolis ban. Tellingly, Chicago Public School declined to send a representative to the discussion.
Friday saw the quick action of Banned Books Week sponsor CBLDF and other free speech advocates in defense of Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, which was reportedly removed from the classrooms and library of Lane Tech College Prep in the Chicago public school district at the order of Chicago Public Schools, which oversees the district.
Booksellers celebrated Banned Books Week in style in 2012. They came up with provocative displays, creative videos and community events tailored to censorship issues of 2012. Celebrity supporters such as Bill Moyers, John Waters and Lawrence Ferlinghetti lent their voice to the cause with impassioned readings of banned books and videos like Moyers’ that spoke of censorship being the enemy of the truth. ABFFE’s president Chris Finan participated in local festivities in Durango, Colorado at Maria’s Bookshop and at the Durango Literary Festival where the theme was censo
By Mickey Huff, Director of Project Censored
Project Censored and the Media Freedom Foundation were proud to be official co-sponsors of this year's Banned Books Week the first week of October. Project Censored director, Prof. Mickey Huff, was part of the steering committee that contributed to this year's promotion and events surrounding BBW.
By Charles Brownstein, Executive Director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
Acacia O'Connor, from NCAC
Did you know that sexual content is one of the greatest excuses for book censorship, both historically and today? It’s a fact that ran as an underlying theme in many of the National Coalition Against Censorship’s activities and public outreach during Banned Books Week.
By Deji Olukotun, Freedom to Write Fellow at PEN American Center
by Claire Safran, chair of ASJA's First Amendment Committee