September 22-28 is Banned Books Week! Here's the press release of the American Library Association:
Readers from across the United States and around the world will
demonstrate their support for free speech by participating in a Virtual
Read-Out of banned and challenged books during Banned Books Week, Sept.
22 – 28, a time when the nation celebrates the freedom to read and the
American Library Association (ALA) brings attention to the censorship of
books in schools and libraries.
The Virtual Read-Out is the digital centerpiece of Banned Books Week,
featuring individuals reading from their favorite banned or challenged
book. Participants, libraries and bookstores will upload videos at [http://tinyurl.com/bbwvro13] for posting to the Banned Books Week YouTube Channel [http://www.youtube.com/bannedbooksweek
]. Contributors are encouraged to share a reading, discuss the
significance of their favorite banned book, or mention a local book
The event will serve as the backdrop for the announcement of Banned
Books Week Heroes. It takes courage to stand up for intellectual
freedom, and Banned Books Week sponsors will honor outstanding
individuals and groups that have stood up to defend the freedom to
More than 1,500 videos have been submitted since the read-out began
in 2011, including many by bestselling authors. Sherman Alexie
(“Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian”), Laurie Halse Anderson
(“Speak”), and Khaled Hosseini (“The Kite Runner”) are
among those contributing new videos. Bookstores and libraries across
the country are already participating in the Virtual Read-Out. Bookmans
Bookstore (Ariz.) produced the video “Bookmans Does Banned Books” and
Mooresville (Ind.) Public Library produced two promotional trailers.
For the first time this year, Twitter parties will help promote the
message of Banned Books Week. A party will be held on Monday, Sept. 23,
from 10 a.m. to noon, Eastern time; a second party is scheduled for
Wednesday, Sept. 25, from noon to 2 p.m., Eastern. Supporters are urged
to tweet using the hashtag #bannedbooksweek. More information about the
Twitter parties is available on the Banned Books Week website, http://bannedbooksweek.org .
Banned Books Week is sponsored by ALA, the American Booksellers
Foundation for Free Expression, the American Society of Journalists and
Authors, the Association of American Publishers, the Comic Book Legal
Defense Fund, the National Association of College Stores, the National
Coalition Against Censorship, the National Council of Teachers of
English, PEN American Center, and Project Censored. The Center for the
Book in the Library of Congress has endorsed Banned Books Week.
For more information on Banned Books Week, book challenges and
censorship, please visit the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom’s
Banned Books website at www.ala.org/bbooks, or www.bannedbooksweek.org.