Banned Books Week 2014 begins Monday, September 22nd and runs through the 27th. Organized by the American Library Association (ALA), along with a dozen-plus sponsors, Banned Book Week aims to strengthen the right to read whatever material a person wishes, despite the objections of religious, political or self-interest groups.
Book banning begins when a person or organization challenges a book by attempting to restrict public access. Banning occurs when challenged materials are removed from circulation—either in a retail store, library or classroom. A challenge isn’t just a person expressing an opinion about a book they find questionable, it’s when that person—or organization—designates him or herself as moral judge over everyone else’s reading choices. Quite simply, banning books for whatever reason is a challenge to an individual’s right to free speech.
Have you read any of the 10 most frequently challenged books? How do you feel about restricting books from public access? What banned books have you read in your life that have made the biggest difference to you?
We’ll ask these and more questions in #LitChat Media Monday, September 21, 2014.
Guest host on September 24, 2014 is Mary Kubica, author of The Good Girl.
Follow Mary on Twitter: @MaryKubica.