September 24−October 1, 2011
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the our freedoms of speech and expression. 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 banning of books across the United States.
Intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular—provides the foundation for Banned Books Week.
In this special Banned Book Week video clip, Banned Author Judy Blume talks about the issue of censoring of books.
The books featured during Banned Books Week have been targets of attempted banning. An extensive list of Banned Books is available on the American Library Association site, just click here. SDCL , as a library that supports intellectual freedom, has these banned books available to all who wish to read them.
1984 by George Orwell
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
Forever by Judy Blume
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Jaws by Peter Benchly
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
Since the inception of Banned Books Week in 1982, libraries and bookstores throughout the country have staged local read-outs as part of their activities. This year, for the first time, readers from around the world will be able to participate virtually in Banned Books Week, Sept. 24 – Oct.1. During this year’s celebration of Banned Books Week, readers will be able to proclaim the virtues of their favorite banned books by posting videos of themselves reading excerpts to a dedicated YouTube channel.
Or check out this post at Huffington Post, on the 11 most surprising banned books, and why they were banned!
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