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Banned Books Week

September 23, 2013

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As many of you avid readers out there know, this week is Banned Books Week (September 22–28)! Don’t know what that means? No sweat! Greenleaf is here to tell you all about it!

Each year the American Library Association, which promotes freedom of speech and opinion in all forms of media (including books, of course!), compiles a list of the ten most challenged books “to inform the public about censorship in libraries and schools.” Banned Books Week, as it has come to be known, is the celebration of the freedom to read.

Although books are usually challenged with good intentions, like protecting children, the ALA believes that censorship in any form is a constitutional violation. Thus, they work diligently to protect our reading rights with the help of other First Amendment advocates such as the American Civil Liberties Union, the Freedom to Read Foundation, the National Coalition Against Censorship, and many others.

It is important to make a distinction here between “challenged” and “banned” books. The ALA defines a challenge as “an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon objections of a person or group.” This action goes far beyond simply expressing an opposing viewpoint of the material in question. It involves a concerted effort to keep others from reading material that is believed to be offensive, sexually explicit, or “unsuited to any age group.”

Banning a book, however, involves a complete removal of those materials. This is the last phase of process. Thankfully, challenges rarely ever evolve into complete bans. This is primarily due to the hard work of teachers, librarians, parents, and students.

So, what’s your favorite banned book?

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Banned Books Week: Have You Read a Banned Book?

September 27, 2010

This week is Banned Books Week. To celebrate, the American Library Association has compiled their list of the top 10 most challenged books of 2009. Here are the books and the reasons why each one was challenged:

ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
Reasons: nudity, sexually explicit, offensive language, drugs,
and unsuited to age group

And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
Reasons: homosexuality

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: drugs, homosexuality, nudity, offensive language, sexually
explicit, suicide, and unsuited to age group

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
Reasons: racism, offensive language, unsuitable for age group

Twilight (series), by Stephanie Meyer
Reasons: sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group

Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
Reasons: sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group

My Sister's Keeper, by Jodi Picoult
Reasons: sexism, homosexuality, sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group, drugs, suicide, violence

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things
, by Carolyn  Mackler
Reasons: sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group

The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
Reasons: sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group

The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
Reasons: nudity, sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group

We want to know, have you read any of these banned books?

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It's That Time Again!: Publishing Industry Trade Shows

February 15, 2008

Weekly Tip 210.jpgIt’s time again in the publishing industry to start preparing for industry trade shows. There are easy ways for authors to exhibit even if they don’t have the time or money to travel or invest in a full-fledged booth. Combined Book Exhibit can display your book for you at a number of regional shows and some of the industry’s largest shows, such BookExpo America (BEA), the American Library Association annual conference, and the Frankfurt International Book Fair. For a single fee, you can tap their expertise to show your title or titles for you; interested attendees will be given catalogs with all contact information should they be interested in the book, and you can buy full-page ads in the catalog if you choose. You’ll also be included in the CBE searchable online database for a year. Visit this page for details on registration.

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