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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Banned Books Week (and anti-Palin propaganda)

Banned Books Week is coming: Setpember 27-October 4. Have you scheduled your banned books barbeque?

Banned Books 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.

To learn how to support this important week, see a list of frequently challenged books, or find out about celebratory book events in your area, see the Banned Books Week website or the American Library Association website.

This is not a political blog, but so help me, I feel like it's my moral obligation to banned books to mention the following nugget about (terrifying) Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. According to this article in Time magazine, Palin asked a librarian "how she could go about banning books... because some voters thought they had inappropriate language in them." Did you need another reason to get out and vote?


Derek Sheffield said...

Thank you for the link to the article about Palin banning books!

Anonymous said...

Apparently, Bookman's is having a Fight Censorship month.

I have been asked to do a set of poetry (relating to that theme) at the Phoenix Bookman's location (19th Ave and Northern) on Friday Sept. 26th. It starts at 7pm and they want an open mic reading to follow.

Just in case anyone is in the neighborhood,


Beth Staples said...

Thanks, Shawnte. I'll add it to our events calendar.

Anonymous said...

Thanks. That would be kind.