Saturday, September 09, 2006

Banned Books Week September 23-30

When the actual week arrives, I'll be at Bouchercon, so just in case I don't get to post about this as much as I'd like then, I'll start early!

If you don't know about the American Booksellers for Freedom of Expression, visit their site and read up. Spend some time looking through their free handbook.

I was shocked to learn how many books are banned in this country. I thought that belonged to another time, a different place. I was wrong. Well, I thought, maybe it's just erotic works or books that have all my favorite swear words in them. Wrong again.

Take a look at this year's list to see what I mean. Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is just one example of a book someone thought you should be forbidden to read.


Louise Ure said...

Thanks for posting this, Jan. The list seems to have an inordinate number of my favorite books, from "Like Water for Chocolate," to Cormac McCarthy's work. And anybody who tries to take away my Barbara Kingsolver is going to have a battle on their hands.

Jan Burke said...

Isn't it crazy? God save us all from the "offended."

Anonymous said...

How ironic...I tried to read some of the info in the links and my company's web security program wouldn't let me.

Jan Burke said...

That is ironic. And a little spooky, too! Will it let you Google ABFFE?