by Claire Safran, chair of ASJA's First Amendment Committee
Not long ago, The Missourian published its excellent J-student project of tracking and reporting on book challenges and bans across the state of Missouri. This week, the newspaper -- which uses a subscriber access model -- will be allowing all visitors to read and access the reporting, for free!
During Banned Books Week, we will feature videos from the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out. Today, we present the highly acclaimed and banned/challenged author Stephen Chbosky. Chbosky's book, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, has appeared on the top ten most frequently challenged books list numerous times over the past several years for drug use, being anti-family, homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexual explicitness, suicide, and being unsuited to age group.
Washington, DC; September 28, 2012 — Member organizations of the Association of American Publishers are offering an extensive slate of resources and opportunities to schools, libraries, booksellers and book lovers on behalf of the 30th annual Banned Books Week, a celebration of the freedom to read and a tribute to controversial books.
Award-winning broadcast journalist Bill Moyers discusses book banning and the harms of censorship in a new video essay to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week. Banned Books Week is an annual event sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) that recognizes the importance of the freedom to read. Both Bill and Judith Davidson Moyers were named Honorary Co-Chairs of this year’s celebration, September 30-October 6.
Bill Moyers speaks out against censorship in new video essay
Award-winning broadcast journalists Bill Moyers and Judith Davidson Moyers have been named Honorary Co-Chairs for the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week (Sept. 30 – Oct. 6), the American Library Association’s (ALA) annual celebration of our freedom to read.
A two-minute video produced by Bookmans, an Arizona bookstore, is helping launch a national read-out from banned and challenged books that is being held on YouTube in conjunction with Banned Books Week, the national celebration of the freedom to read (Sept. 30-Oct. 6). The video presents Bookmans' customers and staff urging people "to turn on the light" by celebrating freedom of expression.