Banned Book Week

Banned book week takes place September 25th through October 2nd this year.  This week celebrates the freedom to read.  It never ceases to amaze me the books that are challenged or view unsuitable for the general public to read.  I often forget that hundreds of books a year are being pulled out of libraries in our “modern world”.  Books such as the Twilight saga, the Harry Potter series, or Catcher in the Rye.  No book is safe, as unfortunate as that is, and often the most well written books have been banned at least once.  Typically a book is petitioned for removal because of “inappropriate” language, sexuality, violence, or religious implications. The ABFFE, of American Booksellers Foundation For Free Expression, mission is to fight censorship, specifically in regards to books.  They have a great website that gives you information about the organization as well as what banned book cases they are involved with.

Here are a few commonly banned or challenged books:

The Catcher in The Rye by J.D. Salinger

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

and the list goes on and on…

Another website to check out for more information on banned books is the American Library Associates website.

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One comment on “Banned Book Week

  1. Leroy Feig says:

    The vocal minority always wins unless the majority is more vocal

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