Monday, September 27, 2010

Banned Books Week

There are still Americans relying on fear as motivation to protect readers, even in this era of information and open access.

Banned Books Week runs this year from Sept. 25 – Oct. 2. To celebrate, I encourage you to read, read, and read some more. Read anything that can teach you something, make you question something, affirm your beliefs or make you smile when you consider its beauty. Look here for more ways to celebrate reading – and therefore writing – freedom this week and afterwards.

What is your favorite banned book? Don’t worry, you’ll have plenty to choose from. The American Library Association offers lists of books here.

Catcher in the Rye remains a controversial book this year. Regardless of its current popularity, I honestly don’t know who I would be without having thought about the “phonies” when I was an adolescent. I felt less lonely and more alive reading that book. If I’d disagreed with the ideas presented at that age, then after reading the book I would have better understood what I disagreed with instead of being told what to believe by someone else who had the opportunity to read the book.

The American Library Association reminds us of this week’s history: Celebrating the Freedom to Read is observed during the last week of September each year. Observed since 1982, the annual event reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted.

Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association, the American Library Association(ALA), the Association of American Publishers, the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the National Association of College Stores. The Library of Congress Center for the Book endorses it.

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