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Honoring Banned Books Week

All over the country, booksellers are highlighting Banned Books Week from September 25 – October 2. An annual promotion, Banned Books Week is coordinated by the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE), the National Association Against Censorship, The First Amendment Center, and the American Booksellers Association, and supported by thousands of bookstores, publishers, authors and libraries across the country. For the whole week, bookstores and libraries will be featuring exhibits of books that have been challenged, banned or removed from public access during the last year, because of concerns expressed by some people who do not want other people to have access to ideas they deem offensive. Authors whose books were pulled during the last year include Northwest authors Sherman Alexie, Robin Cody, Chris Crutcher, Ken Kesey, and Chuck Palahniuk (whose name is unfortunately misspelled in the truncated list supplied on the ABFFE web site). It’s a fascinating issue that deserves every reader’s consideration. Anyone can support free speech by joining ABFFE at the special low price this week of only $25.

— posted by Thom

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