Freedom to Read has a page on Censorship in Canada with a 39-page list of banned and challenged books and magazines. Of course, there are the usual suspects: the Harry Potter series, Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, Huckleberry Finn, Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Handmaid’s Tale. But there are always some surprising entries, like American Gods—Neil Gaiman, or Leonard Maltin’s 2010 Movie Guide.
Most books that are challenged remain available; a challenge just means that someone made an effort to get a library or school to withdraw a book. However, some books and magazines are successfully made unavailable when they are seized at the border. Little Sister’s book shop in Vancouver has been fighting legal battles for years over censorship of books that describe gay and BDSM sexuality.
Read moreBanned Books Week on the American Library Association website.
Is that the reading list of a humanities course? No, it’s Banned Books 387 BC To 1978 AD, most of which are available for free on Project Gutenberg.
Excerpt from Joseph Anton, Salman Rushdie’s memoir about living in hiding after he was threatened with death for writing The Satanic Verses.