Banned Books Week Is Here!   3 comments

According to the American Library Association website:

Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.  Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

Unfortunately, I’ve haven’t been able to participate in any BBW activities this week aside from reading a book about Genghis Khan’s daughters. Written by highly respected scholar Jack WeatherfordThe Secret History of the Mongol Queens: How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire is the first book dedicated to the female descendants of the founder of the Mongolian Empire. The book itself has never been challenged, but I argue that it is appropriate for BBW because the records of the deeds of the extraordinarily powerful daughters, granddaughters, and daughters-in-law of Genghis Kahn were destroyed in an attempt to erase their memory from history. Most of the information that modern scholars have about these women comes from the records and observations of foreigners who visited the Mongol courts or were conquered by the Mongols. These women were silenced for centuries but, thanks to Dr. Weatherford’s research, their stories are surfacing again. If you enjoy Asian history, Mongolian culture, women’s history, or underdog stories, I recommend this.

How have other people and organizations been celebrating Banned Books Week? We are all busy people so I’ve limited myself to a small selection of

bbw11poster

ALA's BBW poster

highlights from the week so far.

A friend of a colleague wrote an excellent blog entry reminding us why we need BBW.

Molly Raphael, president of the American Library Association, wrote an editorial for the Huffington Post condemning censorship.

The Springfield-Greene County Library District in Missouri posted brief interviews with authors whose works have been challenged and/or banned. (The link leads to a PDF.) Authors interviewed are Jane Yolen, Beth Hammett, Leslea Newman, David Harrison, Sandy Asher, Jan Cheripko, and Patricia Hermes.

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Posted September 28, 2011 by Alicia Schofield in intellectual freedom

3 responses to “Banned Books Week Is Here!

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  1. Pingback: How to Fight Censorship and Share Books During Banned Books Week « Censorship in America

  2. Excellent post Alicia; keep the fight for freedom alive

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