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I’ve heard of banned books, but banned authors?

September 29, 2010

With national Banned Books Week almost half over, I’ve seen many blog posts and articles on the most frequently banned books of 2010, summaries of banned books you should read, books you might not expect to be on banned lists, and what you can do, as well as some thoughtful commentaries on missing the bigger picture when we focus on why a book was banned instead of the fact that it was banned at all, and on considering the ways we might be participating in keeping books from readers.

I’ve heard a lot about banned (and challenged) books – but now authors are getting banned, too.

After reading the article, you probably need a little cheering up, so head over to The Book Lady’s Blog for an awesome look at some jewelry and clothing featuring banned books.

For some other options, go here and here.

Now I’ll leave you with a few quotes to ponder,

“The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame.”
– Oscar Wilde

“We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.”
– John F. Kennedy

and a question: What banned or challenged book are you going to read?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 30, 2010 8:23 am

    I had read about the Hopkins situation before and am still in awe. What a wonderful thing that so many authors took a stand together in the face of such a narrow minded and fearful response to her works. What do I plan on doing about this kind of thing? I found a list linked on another blog of the top 50 banned books and, while I’ve read several, will work my way through the entire thing. Will post about this tomorrow, now that I think about it. 🙂

    Great post and, as always, thanks for talking about such a necessary issue.

  2. October 1, 2010 1:10 am

    Thanks for offering some new angles on banned books. I love the Oscar Wilde quote – what a brilliant writer he was.

    I’m planning to read Lady Chatterley’s Lover – again. I read it as a teenager and it’s time to revisit the world of D. H. Lawrence.

    And, thank you for commenting on my blog!

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