“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” – Ray Bradbury
Tomorrow, September 27th, begins the 33rd annual Banned Books Week. Running, this year, from September 27th to October 3rd, Banned Books Week celebrates the tearing down of literary censorship and the reading of “banned” or “challenged” books. According to the American Library Association, a challenged book is one that a person or group has attempted to have removed from a localized public circuit while a banned book is one that has been effectively removed. The ALA reports that there were 311 challenges reported in 2014, though it goes without saying that not all challenges get reported. Click here to see the Top Ten books challenged in 2014.
For the next week, I will be posting mini profiles on frequently banned books. Some of these books I have read, some I haven’t. I will expound on what grounds they were challenged and give my personal commentary on these reasons. Please join me each day and learn about some of the most frequently banned books. Some will surprise you while others won’t. Either way, enjoy the profiles; hopefully you’ll find something that sparks your interest and you too can celebrate the “freedom to read”.
What are some of your favorite banned books and how will you be celebrating Banned Books Week 2015?