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Author: My Book Was Banned In My Home Country

Chan Koonchung | Posted 04.07.2012 | Books
Chan Koonchung

Many features of the "1984" Big Brother state -- thought control, double-think, newspeak, fact distortion, memory mutability, wanton state repression and infallibility of the Party -- still ring true in present-day China.

6 Surprising Banned Books

| Posted 02.03.2012 | Books

By Daniel Lefferts for Bookish: James Joyce’s "Ulysses" turns 90 today. The nearly 800-page behemoth, long regarded as one of the best (and most ...

The Most Dangerous Novels Of All Time

| Posted 01.30.2012 | Books

By Emily Temple for Flavorwire: The decades-old controversy over Salman Rushdie’s "The Satanic Verses" has been in the news again recently follow...

Andrew Losowsky

Prisoners Sue For Access To Books | Andrew Losowsky | Posted 12.02.2011 | Books

When Mark Melvin asked his friend to order him a Pulitzer Prize-winning history book, he didn't expect to have to file a lawsuit in order to read it. ...

Why Being Banned Is A Privilege

Cecilia Galante | Posted 11.29.2011 | Books
Cecilia Galante

When I received the news that my first novel had been officially banned, I clapped my hands together once, as if catching a fly, and shouted. Being banned in this country is an honor.

I Read My 5-Year-Old Banned Books & You Should, Too

Lisa Catherine Harper | Posted 11.29.2011 | Parents
Lisa Catherine Harper

It shouldn't matter what kids want to read. They should just read. If they want to spend half an hour doing MadLibs, or reading a sports magazine, or a comic book, or novel, or a fix-it book, or a book of jokes they should. It's all reading.

Which Classic Children's Books Were Almost Banned?

American Library Association | Posted 11.28.2011 | Books
American Library Association

There were 346 recorded attempts to remove materials from libraries in 2010, and more than 11,000 attempts recorded since OIF began compiling information on book challenges in 1990.

INFOGRAPHIC: Ten Most Frequently Banned Books

Posted 11.22.2011 | Books

To mark Banned Books Week (Sept 24-Oct 1), we've created an infographic to highlight the most banned or challenged books of last year. Click below to ...

School Board Un-Bans Slaughter-House Five, Twenty Boy Summer With Restrictions

AP | Posted 11.21.2011 | Education

By the Associated Press REPUBLIC, Mo. (AP) - Two months after removing two books from its curriculum and school library, a southwest Missouri schoo...

Ten Books About Censorship For Kids & Teens

Rocco Staino | Posted 11.18.2011 | Books
Rocco Staino

To help celebrate Banned Books Week I have compiled a list of 10 books that deal with censorship in various areas.

More Book Banning: This Time Its 'Norweigan Wood'

Huffington Post | Lucas Kavner | Posted 10.25.2011 | Books

In a month from now, multiple organizations nationwide will participate in "Banned Books Week," an annual event that celebrates first amendment rights...

Kim Simac vs. Clarence Darrow: How Wisconsin Recalls and Miss USA Mirror Scopes Monkey Trial

Carolyn Bucior | Posted 10.02.2011 | Education
Carolyn Bucior

Eighty-six years later, the debate over evolution continues, its central ideologies as old and thoughtful as Copernicus, as new and thoughtless as Simac and Michele Bachmann, as inert as rosary beads, as combustible as pure hydrogen.

I'm With Meghan Cox Gurdon

Ru Freeman | Posted 08.21.2011 | Books
Ru Freeman

As the parent of three avid readers, I agree with Meghan Cox Gurdon's point that what is considered "banning" in the book trade is known in the parenting world as doing our job.

South Carolina Jail Bans All Books But Bible: Will Feds Step In? | Posted 06.14.2011 | Books

The US Justice Department is asking a federal judge in South Carolina to allow it to intervene in a lawsuit against a sheriff who allegedly forbids pr...

Libraries Have Become Major Job Resource Centers And Heroes Of Battling Censorship (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Amy Hertz | Posted 06.11.2011 | Books

It's National Library Week and The American Library Association has published its report on the State of American Libraries. Among the trends report...

Bishops Urge Catholic Schools To Ban A Nun's Book | LAURIE GOODSTEIN | Posted 06.04.2011 | Books

A committee of American Roman Catholic bishops announced Wednesday that a popular book about God by Sister Elizabeth A. Johnson, a theologian at Fordh...

'Push' Sapphire's Novel Pulled From South Carolina Schools After Parents Complain

News, Weather, Sports | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

After several complaints from parents, school leaders have pulled a national bestseller novel from middle schools shelves after determining it's conte...

Those Who Ban Books Find Strength In Numbers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Shortly after the fall semester began this year, Wesley Scroggins, a parent of three in Republic, Mo., publicly criticized the local school district f...

World's Worst Books Job? | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

According to government figures, there are about 7,000 publishing firms in Iran today. Even if only 1,000 of those publishers delivers five books a ye...

Banned Books For Halloween

Jim Trombetta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jim Trombetta

In "The Horror! The Horror! Comic Books the Government Didn't Want You to Read!," I uncover over two hundred pre-Code horror and crime comics of the 1950s.

Horn Book Editor Roger Sutton Warns: | Roger Sutton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Following last Saturday's colloquium at Simmons, I had an interesting dinner conversation with Megan Whalen Turner and Virginia Duncan about the Speak...

Censored Books | Laura Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Main's book describes a long-standing and rancorous dispute over eminent domain seizures in the town of Freeport, Texas, and her defense is spearheade...

The Book That Was Banned Before It Was Written

Andrew Shaffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Andrew Shaffer

One Texas school district has taken book banning to an entirely new level. Author Richelle Mead holds the distinction to perhaps be the only author ever to have a book banned... before it was even written.

'Harry Potter,' 'The Giver,' 'Lolita,' 'Howl'

Dan Wilbur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Dan Wilbur

"Lolita," for instance, is now "Likable Rapists." It makes you think that perhaps these new titles are what censors out there really see.

The Obama Administration's Desire to Keep Citizens in the Dark is Inexcusable

Matt Kane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Matt Kane

While many outlets are reporting that the Pentagon burned the books, begging for comparisons to Nazi Germany, official reports say that the books were "destroyed."