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Literary Works We Disagree With Shouldn't Be Censored

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 10.08.2015 | Arts

If a piece of literature makes you uncomfortable or causes controversy, trying to censor that work, said best-selling author Azar Nafis...

I'm A Librarian Who Banned A Book: Here's Why

The Conversation US | Posted 10.02.2015 | Books
The Conversation US

I am a librarian and academic library director and an ardent supporter of free speech and democracy, but in 2012 I banned a book at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania.

Banned Book Week at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library

Kimann Schultz | Posted 10.02.2015 | Books
Kimann Schultz

Here it is already again, Banned Book Week at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library. Used to be it was merely colored leaves and jack-o-lantern decorations that heralded the arrival of the Autumn season.

Why Did They Ban Teen Fiction--'My Enemy, My Brother'--in 1983?

Gabriel Schivone | Posted 10.01.2015 | Books
Gabriel Schivone

An eye-catching exhibit during Banned Book Week 2015 resurrects the history of a 1983 book-banning in Tucson, AZ.

13 Important Stories to Celebrate Banned Books Week

Off The Shelf | Posted 10.01.2015 | Books
Off The Shelf

Greatness often breeds controversy. This has been the case for acclaimed books throughout history. Harry Potter for its glorification of witchcraft, Go Ask Alice for its depiction of harrowing teen drug use, and Brave New World for its unsettling vision of the future, but we love them anyway.

8 Banned Books To Celebrate Blasphemy Day

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.30.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Not only is Wednesday (Sept. 30) International Blasphemy Rights Day, it’s also midway through Banned Books Week. For millennia, gove...

Long Live Banned Books Week!

Peter Hart | Posted 09.30.2015 | Books
Peter Hart

It's Banned Books Week -- but no one even bans books anymore. So what's the point?

What You Can Do for Banned Books Week

The New York Public Library | Posted 09.29.2015 | Books
The New York Public Library

Irony aside, all of us in the book-loving community must acknowledge that books are still banned and challenged all over this country and others, and we must do our part to combat it. So, what's the best way to help foster a world where fewer books come under fire?

Celebrate The Freedom To Read

Sari Feldman | Posted 10.15.2015 | Arts
Sari Feldman

The freedom to access and exchange information has long been the bedrock of American life, but in today's increasingly knowledge-based economy that freedom is perhaps more important than ever.

This Is Why You Should Celebrate Banned Books Week

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 09.28.2015 | Arts

This year’s Banned Books Week kicked off on Sunday. Buttons were worn. Facebook posts about the ignorance of those striving to make inform...

How To See Banned Books In A New Light

Kimberly Butler | Posted 09.28.2015 | Arts
Kimberly Butler

Are you reading something you shouldn’t? Says who? A new photo series by photojournalist Kimberly Butler reveals how to see these #BannedBooks in a ...

"WeHo Reads: Banned Books" Brings Together Literature, Art and Film

Lisa Derrick | Posted 09.24.2015 | Arts
Lisa Derrick

When the left and right agree on something, it's time to realize that books, art and ideas, even if we disagree with them, are vital to our growth as individuals and as a society.

Tennessee Mom Calls Book On Cervical Cancer Cells 'Pornographic'

The Huffington Post | Dhyana Taylor | Posted 09.09.2015 | Politics

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The Emergence of Orwellian Newspeak and the Death of Free Speech

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

How do you change the way people think? You start by changing the words they use. In totalitarian regimes--a.k.a. police states--where conformity and compliance are enforced at the end of a loaded gun, the government dictates what words can and cannot be used.

Is Reading Greek Mythology Toxic For Students?

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.16.2015 | College
Lev Raphael

Is there any book anywhere that couldn't be in need of a trigger warning? Think about Twilight or Lord of the Rings or The Great Gatsby. What would be helpful is for professors to do what many I know already do: ask students at the beginning of a class to inform them privately if they have any issues that might interfere with classroom learning and proceed from there.

Banning Books in the 21st Century

Steven Petite | Posted 05.07.2015 | Books
Steven Petite

Literature is a wonderful and integral part of the human experience. Books have the power to teach us about ourselves and the world around us. They can open up doors to new ideas, new outlooks, and fresh experiences.

Mark Twain's Ghost Won't Rest

Lev Raphael | Posted 11.27.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

Currently, he haunts the Internet. He's constantly being quoted as saying encouraging, inspiring remarks your mother or your best friend might say to you when you're feeling miserable, or things you'd want on a thought-for-the-day calendar.

The House on Mango Street Goes to Trial: #MayaVsAZ

Tony_Diaz | Posted 03.02.2015 | Latino Voices

Mayra Arce even resembles Esperanza, the protagonist in The House on Mango Street, one of the 80-plus books that were part of the Tucson Unified School District's K-12 Mexican-American studies curriculum before the program was dismantled under Arizona House Bill 2281. But Maya isn't the main character of a book. She's the main plaintiff in the lawsuit against Arizona.

Author Dan Brown: Science And Religion Are Partners

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 11.12.2014 | Religion

Author Dan Brown has sparked plenty of intellectual debate during his career as a novelist by exploring the relationship between science and religion....

How Do You Approach Sex in Fiction?

Warren Adler | Posted 01.10.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

I am well aware that any depiction of human relationships in a novel cannot ignore the fact that sex, however described or disguised, is a primal motivating condition of our existence. Indeed, even if the act itself is not referred to in action or description, it is always there, however coded, and can't be ignored by reader or writer.

JeffCo Students Give an Impressive Lesson in Patriotism -- Too Bad Their School Board Wasn't Listening

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley | Posted 12.03.2014 | Denver
Nathan Woodliff-Stanley

How disappointing that a majority of the school board chose to disregard student protests and pass a curriculum review proposal designed to identify "objectionable materials" in high school curricula, starting with U.S. history, presumably to remove those materials if they do not meet the ideological criteria of the school board members.

Banning Books Doesn't Work

Carl Fillichio | Posted 11.26.2014 | Books
Carl Fillichio

Although attempts to ban books are very disappointing, the reasons behind why people have tried to do so are worth exploring and create an excellent starting point for discussion and debate among readers.

An American Entrepreneur in Paris: How Sylvia Beach fought censorship

Steve Mariotti | Posted 11.25.2014 | Books
Steve Mariotti

Her story is legendary: an American bibliophile who brought her love of literature to Paris and created one of the most well-known and influential bookstores of the twentieth century, Shakespeare and Company.

Why ‘Book Ban' Is The Right Term For What Arizona Did To Mexican-American Studies

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 09.26.2014 | Latino Voices

There’s a word to describe books that can’t be taught in classrooms: “banned.”

Claire Fallon

How One Person With A Pen Taught Me All About Censorship | Claire Fallon | Posted 09.26.2014 | Books

When I was a college student, I majored in English literature, which meant that I got to read a lot of novels for class -- and my course reading could...