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October 3, 2012

Banned Books Week

And Tango Makes Three
I forgot it was Banned Books Week! Banned Books Week raises awareness of banned or challenged books and to persecution of authors.

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 more

Banned Books Week on the American Library Association website.

Read free samples of the ten most challenged books of 2011.

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.

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