Wednesday, September 22, 2010

celebrate the freedom to read!

Banned Book Week is Sept 25-Oct 02, 2010.

Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted banning of books across the United States.

For the complete story, visit the American Library Association website:

Banned and/or Challenged Books from the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century

miss harris offers a few selections from the List:

The Call of the Wild, Jack London Banned in Italy (1929), Yugoslavia (1929), and burned in Nazi bonfires (1933).

How many of us formed our first impressions of the Yukon Gold Rush by following Buck’s adventure?

Catch-22, Joseph Heller Banned in Strongsville, OH (1972), but the school board's action was overturned in 1976 by a U.S. District Court in Minarcini v. Strongsville City School District. Challenged at the Dallas, TX Independent School District high school libraries (1974); in Snoqualmie, WA (1979) because of its several references to women as "whores."

One of my favorite movies, too.

Lady Chatterley's Lover, DH Lawrence Banned by U.S. Customs (1929); Banned in Ireland (1932), Poland (1932), Australia (1959), Japan (1959), India (1959); Banned in Canada (1960) until 1962. Dissemination of Lawrence’s novel has been stopped in China (1987) because the book “will corrupt the minds of young people and is also against the Chinese tradition.”

Ah, they fear the practice of good game-keeping...

The complete List:

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