Banned Books Week — almost here

(image credit: American Library Association)

Next week
(September 22-28) is Banned Books Week.

So you get to do
something bookish and something subversive all at the same time, if you play
your cards right. There are tons of banned/challenged books you can choose from
(yeah, I know this is not exactly happy news) if you’re in the mood to “celebrate your freedom to read” (that’s the
zippy tag line).  

And that Banned Books Week logo there reminded me of reading Valerie Plame Wilson’s book Fair Game, which had lots of words/paragraphs/whole pages redacted. And the final book was published with the redactions displayed as blotted-out text like in the logo. It gives a person a weird feeling. 

Along those lines,
I was sad to see that the URL of the annual banned books list contains the
word “shortlist.” Man, people. If you have to compile a shortlist, that means
there’s an awful lot of banning and challenging and restricting and removing.
Seriously.
So, on the up side,
my book club’s been hitting the banned books like a boss. We’ve read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Like Water for Chocolate (the first book we ever discussed together),
and The Handmaid’s Tale, all of
which made the dreaded shortlist.       

So next week’s our next chance to really do this up right — let’s get celebrating our reading freedom, guys. 

2 thoughts on “Banned Books Week — almost here

  1. I'm looking at The Invisible Man, which a school board in North Carolina has banned. I'm also looking at Eleanor and Park, which seems to be kicking up some fuss.

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