Banned Books Week 2010

It’s Banned Books Week!  From Sept. 25 – Oct. 2, groups all over the country will be hosting events in celebration of books that people have attempted to ban or censor. It’s important to remember that having access to books–no matter how controversial they may be–is an important part of keeping intellectual freedom alive.

Here is the ALA list of frequently challenged classics.  They also have a list of the most frequently challenged books by authors of color.

In celebration of Banned Books Week, I’ll be reading Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses. It’s a book that was banned in India before it was even published; a bounty was put on Rushdie’s head because of the book’s content, and he lived in hiding for many years thereafter. I’ve been wanting to read The Satanic Verses for a long time now, so I’m looking forward to finally reading some Rushdie.

Anyone else reading a banned book this week?

Photo credit: BBC News

3 thoughts on “Banned Books Week 2010

  1. I always look at these lists, because I do like to read all the books on them. This year it seems there aren’t any I haven’t already read; I guess that’s a good thing!

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