Thursday, October 2, 2008

Random Thursday - Banned Book Week

Welcome to Banned Book Week!

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?"

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

What is amazing is the number of movies that have been made from many of the top 100 challenged books from the last decade.

Charles said...

I am surprised titles not on the 100 list. King's Carrie and Dead Zone, but not Pet Cemetery nor The Stand.

Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events started in '99 but missed the list.

I am sure there are others.

At least there were no banned fiber books. ;->

Susan said...

Hey Charles, I'm sure we can find some banned needlework in there somewhere. Did A Tale of Two Cities make it on any of the lists? Wait! Harry Potter! There's a whole lotta sweater knitten' going on in those!

Charles said...

You are right Susan.

Ms. Westley was a machine (magic) knitter, and Hermonie was a hand knitter (Hats and socks).