Booksellers around the country have joined with librarians, publishers, writers, teachers and other advocates of the freedom to read in kicking off the latest celebration of Banned Books Week. Hundreds have created displays of banned and challenged titles, and many have organized events. Books Inc., an independent bookseller in San Francisco, has released a video as part of its program of events. On Friday, two booksellers from Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, helped get things started by discussing their fight against the censorship of emily m. danforth’s Miseducation of Cameron Post. The book, which is the story of a young lesbian, was dropped from a summer reading list in the local schools. Susan McAnelly, the manager of the bookstore, and Madison Bacon, an employee who just graduated from the local high school, were interviewed on the Project Censored radio show, which originates on KPFA, a Pacifica network station in Berkeley, California. (The program is available online, and the 12-minute segment featuring the McAnelly and Bacon begins at 34:56.)
Independent bookstores are enthusiastic supporters of Banned Books Week, but as small businesses many do not have the resources to participate. To make it as easy as possible, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE), the bookseller’s voice in the fight against censorship, has joined the Ingram Content Group in distributing a promotional kit that contains everything they need to create a display, including a full-sized poster, “Caution” tape, bookmarks, stickers, and a flyer with detailed information about last year’s book challenges. Over 150 bookstores ordered the promotional kit.