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It’s BBW 2016

No, not B-Dubs. Banned Books Week, a frequent topic on this blog. It is a frequent topic because of my views on how crucial books and reading are to life. This year BBW runs from today through October 1.

Each year, the American Library Associated publishes a list of the year’s top 10 most frequently […]

Banned Books That Shaped America: Part 2

Yesterday we looked at almost a century of American classic books that have been banned or challenged, all on the list compiled by the Library of Congress of “Books That Shaped America.” Today we’ll complete the 20th Century and take a step into the 21st.

Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, Alfred C. Kinsey (1948) […]

Banned Books That Shaped America: Part 1

Last year, the Library of Congress created an exhibition called “Books That Shaped America.” The LOC doesn’t contend it’s an exclusive list; it was intended to start discussion about books written by Americans that influenced our lives.

The LOC made an apt observation about some of the 88 books on the list. “Some of the […]

Banned Books Week: Challenged books that shaped America

Even though I’m not doing a week-long series of posts this year, I couldn’t let Banned Books Week pass without at least one. So, I thought it appropriate to mentioned banned books that helped shape the country.

Now I’m not the one who designated these books. Rather, earlier this year the Library of Congress came […]

Banned Books Week: Wrapup, of sorts

As another Banned Books Week comes to an end, I thought I would make mention of a few other items that appeared in the blog world about it this week, along with a news item.

Two blogs took rather unique approaches to Banned Books Week. NYRB Classics blog highlighted some of its authors who struggled […]

Banned Books Week: It can happen here

It’s too easy to think of book challenges in the abstract. The fact is it is something we confront even here.

If you take a look at a map showing documented challenges to books in schools and libraries in the United States, you’ll see South Dakota has two push pins.

In 2010, “Paul Shaffer’s We’ll […]