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
Not long ago, The Missourian published its excellent J-student project of tracking and reporting on book challenges and bans across the state of Missouri. This week, the newspaper -- which uses a subscriber access model -- will be allowing all visitors to read and access the reporting, for free!
During Banned Books Week, we will feature videos from the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out. Today, we present the highly acclaimed and banned/challenged author Stephen Chbosky. Chbosky's book, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, has appeared on the top ten most frequently challenged books list numerous times over the past several years for drug use, being anti-family, homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexual explicitness, suicide, and being unsuited to age group.