This is actually one of my favorite weeks of the year. Banned Books Week really brings home how great it is that we live here, and now, and that we have as much freedom as we do.
According to the American Library Association, Banned Book Week
...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.NPR has a great article about Kern County California banning The Grapes of Wrath when it was first published. And there's a new book out that discusses that, titled Obscene in the extreme : the burning and banning of John Steinbeck's The grapes of wrath by Rick Wartzman
Please join me in celebrating the First Amendment!
CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW RESPECTING AN ESTABLISHMENT OF RELIGION, OR PROHIBITING THE FREE EXERCISE THEREOF; OR ABRIDGING THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH, OR OF THE PRESS; OR THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE PEACEABLY TO ASSEMBLE, AND TO PETITION THE GOVERNMENT FOR A REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES.I always love to see what titles have been the most challenged for the year, the most challenged last decade, and the most challenged so far this decade.
Having seen the lists, what is your favorite "banned book?"