Thursday, August 27, 2009

How Many Banned Books Have You Already Read?

Psst!

Are you feeling a little naughty? Why not allow your inner bookworm to have a field day?

Each year, the last week of September is Banned Books Week, sponsored by the American Library Association. How will you celebrate this anti-literary occasion?

This week-long bookish holiday does present an important reminder about the power of government censorship around the world and how it may challenge or inhibit personal freedoms of expression.

Throughout the history of published literature, books have been challenged. Taboo titles have even been burned. Often, authors have faced persecution for what they have penned.

Historically, several previously banned books have become literary classics. Perhaps ironically, many of these once-taboo titles are now required reading for high school and college literarature classes.

How many of banned books have you already read? How many of these once-banned titles do you recognize?

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1060650/celebrate_banned_books_week_by_reading.html?cat=38

3 comments:

SafeLibraries said...

Wouldn't it be nice for a public library to provide balanced information instead of ALA propaganda? No books have been banned in the USA for about a half a century. See "National Hogwash Week."

Ms. V said...

Exactly the reason, if I am not citing another source, I use the word
"challenged."

Anonymous said...

Brim over I agree but I contemplate the list inform should have more info then it has.