This week is Banned Books Week — a time to celebrate and acknowledge all the great and not-so-great works of literature that at one point or another have been considered too hot or too controversial for libraries. Among the most famous banned books? J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms, and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Banned Book Week is a great time to celebrate our freedom to read, and to think about how important access to information really is.
It’s also a time to reflect on the books we were banned from reading growing up … Keep reading »
Author Francesca Lia Block, we hope you’ve got Judy Blume on speed dial! Some wackos in Wisconsin are calling for one of your books to be censored in a good ol’ fashioned book-burning. Block‘s young adult novel, Baby Be-Bop, is the story of how a teenage boy comes out of the closet to his grandmother. And it upset a group called the “West Bend Citizens for Safe Libraries,” who tried to remove it from the public library, along with a bunch of other books with gay and lesbian themes. The group says they were trying to “protect children from accessing [the books] without their parents’ knowledge and supervision.” Of course! Because teens don’t ever go to the adult stacks. Ever. Keep reading »