Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Banned Books Week

This week is Banned Books Week.

From the American Library Association website:

Celebrating the Freedom to Read is observed during the last week of September each year. Observed since 1982, this annual ALA event reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted. This year, 2008, marks BBW's 27th anniversary (September 27 through October 4).

BBW celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. After all, intellectual freedom can exist only where these two essential conditions are met.
Here's a list of frequently banned books. With Sarah Palin on the ballot in November, Banned Books Weeks takes on an added importance this year.


Nick Dawson said...

It's pretty disturbing that there is still even discussion of book banning. Morality should be an individual question, a value handed down by parents, not something regulated by government.

Been enjoying following your posts about censorship - keep it up!

mike mitchell said...

Palin's recent comments (or lack thereof)in the Couric interview about what she reads (apparently nothing, what a surprise) make her book-banning stance all the more absurd. She only reads books she thinks should be banned? Or, she hasn't read the books at all? I bet it's the latter....either way, it is disturbing and should be a cause for concern about anyone considering voting for the McCain ticket....