Saturday marked the start of Banned Books Week (BBW) which is held during the last week of September each year. If you'd like to read more about this event, you can find details on the American Library Association website. In short, BBW is one in which we celebrate our freedom to read, access information, and express ideas. We also protest the censorship and banning of books as it is a direct attack on our First Amendment rights.
This week at Write Chic we're celebrating BBW by bringing a few posts your way that put our own spin on the topic of censorship and how it relates to us as writers and readers. Mary will bring a fresh perspective on the topic as it relates to Young Adult books, Kelly has a discussion about romance in the works and I'll chime in as well.
I thought I'd start the week off with a link to this post by Jamie LaRue, librarian extraordinaire. I sincerely wish I possessed his eloquence on this topic. Beyond my support of the actual subject matter of the book, LaRue brought up a lot of thoughtful points about what is made available to library patrons and why. When he states, "...our whole system of government was based on the idea that the purpose of the state was to preserve individual liberties, not to dictate them..." I think he hits the Freedom of Speech nail on the head. My patriotic self may have teared up a bit...
I ask these questions of you:
1) What is your favorite banned book?
2) Have you actively participated in Banned Book Week before?
3) Are you posting about Banned Books Week? Send us an email/Twitter DM/comment and we'll post links to your blog this week!