Banned Books Week is here!

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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.

4 thoughts on “Banned Books Week is here!

  1. I think this is fabulous and enjoyed and shared this post EVERYWHERE I could. Books should NOT be banned. Freedom of speech and personal reading preference should remain to the individual, not The Powers That Be!!! BRAVO I’m going to support in any way I can.

  2. I agree that books should never be banned. In a democratic society everyone’s voice should be heard. Isnt Voltaire meant to have said something about defending people’s right to speak even and especially if he disagreed with what they had to say. It seems to be different these days. We don’t know the difference between robust debate and banning. And challenging is not banning.
    There’s a lot of self censoring in the media these days. Maybe you should also reserve a shelf for the press.

    Will my comment be approved or banned, I wonder.

  3. I find banning books ridiculous… it is like banning someones freedom of speech or telling someone they can’t share their opinion because certain people don’t agree. Books like these start discussions… which at the moment are discussions we should be having.

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