There are various reasons why people seek to ban a book. These reasons include: violence, profanity, slang, descriptions of sexually explicit acts, nudity, and being unsuited for an age group. Surprisingly timeless classics are just as likely to be challenged as controversial contemporary titles. It seems that no book is safe from being challenged.
Launched in 1982, Banned Books Week (BBW) occurs annually during the last week of September. For 2010, the dates are September 25 - October 2. In order to focus on the benefits of free and open access to information and the potential problems of censorship, libraries and booksellers across America host events and create displays featuring challenged books. The books featured during BBW were all targets of possible banning at one time or another. Luckily, in most cases books are not actually banned.
We live in a country where books are available regardless of being controversial or unpopular. We enjoy open access to all kinds of information. To keep it that way, speak up for your favorite challenged title. Celebrate the freedom to read by picking up a challenged book today!
For more information about challenged books and Banned Books Week, visit the following sites:
- American Booksellers Association
- American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression
- American Library Association
- ALA's Calendar of Events
- American Society of Journalists and Authors
- Association of American Publishers
- Banned Books Week
- Center for the Book in the Library of Congress
- Map of Book Bans & Challenges
- National Association of College Stores