I was at a conference in Omaha yesterday (the wonderful Apostacon!) and then on the road back home yesterday evening so I didn’t crack a book yesterday. Which is a shame because yesterday was day one of Banned Books Week 2014.
Banned Books Week is observed the last week of September every year and is sponsored by the American Library Association and a host of other orgs including the American Booksellers Association, American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, the National Association of College Stores, and more.
Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. (ALA site, 2014)
To personally celebrate Banned Books Week I’ll tweet and macro-blog on the event and read some frequently challenged literature. This week I’ll be reading Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and re-reading all of my 8 year old son’s Captain Underpants books. I encourage you to read some frequently challenged books this week (and every week). There are plenty out there, you can find lists at the American Libraray Association site.
Read banned books because it’s fun and because censorship sucks.