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Banned Books Week

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.

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

I Will Always Buy Banned Books For My Kids

Devon Corneal | Posted 11.25.2014 | Parents
Devon Corneal

Until this week, I thought I was an average mom. I cook dinners, make lunches and oversee homework. I live in the suburbs. I drive a sensible car. Today, however, I discovered that I am a hard-core dissident bent on undermining the fabric of our society.

12 Banned Books Every Woman Should Read

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 09.25.2014 | Women

While it would be great if we were past the whole "banning books" thing, the fact remains that hundreds of books have their places in libraries or on ...

For A Writer, Being Banned Means You've Done Something Right

Felice Picano | Posted 11.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Felice Picano

The envelope was from Her Majesty's Inland Revenue and Customs Service, located at a dock outside London, England, addressed to the publisher of Gay P...

On Trigger Warnings And College-Level Censorship

Courtney Young | Posted 11.23.2014 | Books
Courtney Young

On September 5, the Evans Library of the Florida Institute of Technology sponsored a Banned Books Read-Out of censored comics and graphic novels. Dean...

6 Outrageous Historical Book Bannings

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 09.23.2014 | Books

Tracing the history of book-banning presents obvious difficulties: Written history, especially prior to the most recent centuries, is far from complet...

Every Week Is Banned Books Week For Chicanos

Tony_Diaz | Posted 11.23.2014 | Latino Voices
Tony_Diaz

Every week is banned books week for Chicanos. In Arizona, two Chicana high school students, Maya Arce and Korina Lopez, await word of when their c...

Why These Teachers Are Assigning Banned Books

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Svokos | Posted 09.26.2014 | Books

While some parents want certain books removed from schools, teachers are remembering the important reasons to keep them in the classroom. This week...

Confronting My Temptation To Ban Books

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 11.22.2014 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

We all know that banning books is wrong. So why is it so tempting?

INFOGRAPHIC: Where Are Books Banned?

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 09.22.2014 | Books

Banned Books Week, an annual event organized by the American Library Association (ALA), grants readers, parents, teachers and librarians an opportunit...

Why Gay Characters Matter

Kristin Pekoll | Posted 11.22.2014 | Books
Kristin Pekoll

Every day more and more authors and publishers are providing books for students who feel like the minority. Teens by definition are discovering who they are. And I consider myself a successful librarian if they are turning to books to figure themselves out.

These Words From Banned Books Will Reaffirm Your Faith In Humanity (IMAGES)

The Huffington Post | Carina Kolodny | Posted 09.25.2014 | Books

When banned books come to mind, it's easy to imagine bonfires full of burning pages. Banned books would seem to be the stuff of darker days and dreari...

WWKD? In Banned Books Week? He'd Celebrate Reading!

Pat LaMarche | Posted 11.17.2014 | Books
Pat LaMarche

Welcome to the Monkey House was first published by Playboy Magazine. Playboy's published countless controversial stories by likewise provocative authors. In spite of this literary contribution, or perhaps because of it, the pinup publication has faced censorship around the world.

Top 10 Chicano Films for M.A.S.

Tony_Diaz | Posted 08.17.2014 | Latino Voices
Tony_Diaz

We're fine-tuning the MAS Texas Took Kit to help any K-12 teacher to incorporate Mexican American Studies. This can range from implementing an entire curriculum to using one lesson plan for a particular unit or obvious time of year such as Hispanic Heritage Month.

Gatekeepers Beware, the Closet Doors Are Open

Sean Savoy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Sean Savoy

In America we celebrate many liberties, among them the freedom to publish. The logical consequence of the right to produce books is the freedom to read. Now, this may be a "chicken or egg" dilemma, but whichever way you look at it, one action should naturally follow the other.

Sex, Violence and Devils: Ten Books That Shocked the World

Sara Nelson | Posted 11.30.2013 | Books
Sara Nelson

While it may seem tame by today's standards, D.H. Lawrence's classic tale of a gamekeeper and a Lady was so outrageous on the topics of sex and class that it wasn't allowed to be published legally in this country until 1959, 30 years after it first surfaced in Europe.

Fascinating Mug Shots Of Characters From Banned Books (IMAGES)

Posted 09.27.2013 | Books

Banned Books Week is well underway -- we hope you're celebrating accordingly by reading Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man," J.D. Salinger's "Catcher in t...

Why I Banned a Book -- Part II

Scott DiMarco | Posted 11.25.2013 | Books
Scott DiMarco

After I wrote about the experiences of our lesson of the damaging effects of Banning a Book at Mansfield University during last year's Banned Book week, I was very encouraged that the fight against censorship and banning books was going in the right direction.

Why Are We Still Banning Books?

Amber Shehan | Posted 11.25.2013 | Books
Amber Shehan

Why would anyone want to ban books? Ever since I was able to suss out the meaning of written words, I have adored reading. My mother often tells of ...

I Learned About Racial Stereotypes in a Banned Children's Book

Carolyn Bass | Posted 11.24.2013 | Books
Carolyn Bass

Somewhere in my attic is a small children's picture book my mother bought at a yard sale when I was a very young child. The cover was tattered, the pages browned and the spine loose.

Sharing Your Truth

PEN American Center | Posted 11.23.2013 | Books
PEN American Center

Do people need protecting from art? I don't think so. Art starts a dialogue with those who come into contact with it. It doesn't attack you or force you to see things from its perspective.

Book for Kids Raises Eyebrows Over Young Gay Character

Tim Federle | Posted 11.23.2013 | Gay Voices
Tim Federle

Shortly after Better Nate Than Ever was released earlier this year, a pattern began to emerge: Librarians who had loved the book and invited me to visit their students were suddenly canceling those visits, backing out for fear of parental backlash.

7 Reasons Your Favorite Books Were Banned

Maddie Crum | Posted 09.22.2013 | Books

Risqué-averse readers, cover your ears. Sunday marked the beginning of this year's National Banned Books Week, for which libraries and bookstores acr...