Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, will be held the week of September 24th in 2017. For this year’s celebration, the coalition of organizations that sponsors Banned Books Week will emphasize the importance of the First Amendment, which guarantees our inherent right to read.
Censorship is happening and it is infringing on the right of readers.
During 2016 Banned Books Week, Powell's Books in Portland, OR held an event featuring Charles Brownstein, Executive Director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and chair of the Banned Books Week Coalition, authors Cory Doctorow (Information Doesn't Want to Be Free), Cathy Camper (Lowriders to the Center of the Earth), M. K. Reed (Americus), and illustrator/cartoonist Jonathan Hill (Americus) for a panel discussion on the theme of diversity. The discussion was moderated by Candace Morgan, Coordinator of Celebrate the Freedom to Read in Oregon.
This post orignially appeared on our sponsor, NCAC's website as part of their Banned Books Week programming.
This post originally appeared on the National Coalition of Censorship's website.
Free webinar on how authors respond to book bannings and how librarians can support them
Posted on September 22, 2016
This post originally appeared on Literacy & NCTE, the official blog of the National Council Teachers on English. Another post, What's Wrong With Diversity, also discusses the need for more diverse books.