‘Banned Books Week’ (Sept 24 — Sept 30, 2017)
Join me in celebrating Banned Books Week— a nationwide initiative to help people learn about and explore banned and challenged books.
Catch-22. A Farewell to Arms. 1984. Of Mice and Men. The Jungle. Brave New World. The Grapes of Wrath. Hailed as literary classics, it’s hard to believe that there are numerous attempts each year to remove these and other great books from schools and libraries. In fact, according to the Office for Intellectual Freedom, 46 of 100 books recognized by the Radcliffe Publishing Course as the best novels of the 20th century have been challenged or banned. See the list of classics here: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/classics
And here’s a list of recently banned/challenged books (between 2000–2009) that includes titles such as The Lord of the Rings (one of my all time favorites), the Harry Potter series, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Kite Runner, Slaughterhouse-Five, Fahrenheit 451, and To Kill A Mockingbird: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/top-100-bannedchallenged-books-2000-2009.
Banning books harms readers, writers, and society not only by blocking access to powerful ideas from the past, but also by creating an environment hostile to the creation of future works:
“The creative act requires not only freedom but also the assumption of freedom. If the creative artist worries if he will still be free tomorrow, then he will not be free today” — Salman Rushdie
To learn more about Banned Books Week, visit: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks