It’s Banned Books Week! Every year, the American Booksellers Association, American Library Association, and others come together to call attention to books that have been banned or challenged in bookstores, libraries, schools, and elsewhere across the country.
This year’s theme is diversity — books that are frequently challenged are about people who are LGBTQIA, people of color and people with disabilities, about gender diversity and ethnic, cultural and religious minorities–“people or issues that, perhaps, that challengers would prefer not to consider,” as Banned Books Week puts it.
ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom has determined that 52% of the books challenged or banned over the past decade are titles that are considered diverse content.
Here at BookPeople, we’ve put together a display of just a few Banned Books on our 1st floor. It includes books both new and old, many are classics, and more than a few still regularly face challenges. The complete list of books we’re featuring this year is here.
Of special note is Wolf Boys, by Dan Slater, which was just released and has already been banned by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice from the prison system after an excerpt of the book appeared in Texas Monthly and became popular throughout the state’s prisons. If you’re not familiar with the book, read about it here and join us October 7th at 7pm to hear Dan speak.