“The tragic and the obscene exclude each other. ” A Letter for Banned Books Week

Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita was first published in France in 1955, and has remained arguably among the most controversial books of (at least) the late 20th century.  It has been banned in France and Britain, and repeatedly challenged in the US. On the surface, the novel is a confession by Humbert Humbert, a man imprisoned for murder–the confession, … Continue reading “The tragic and the obscene exclude each other. ” A Letter for Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week 2018!

Every year, the American Library Association observes Banned Books Week, a week of advocacy and education that united the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.  By focusing on … Continue reading Banned Books Week 2018!

Banned Books Week: A Letter From Pat Conroy

Every year during Banned Books Week, we try to feature a letter from an author responding to the challenge to, or attempt to ban their books.  This year’s letter come from American novelist, memoirist, and lover of words and letter, Pat Conroy. Conroy was born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1945, the eldest of 7 children. … Continue reading Banned Books Week: A Letter From Pat Conroy

It’s Banned Books Week!

It’s a big week in bookland, dear readers.  Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and … Continue reading It’s Banned Books Week!

Saturdays @ the South: Celebrating Banned Books

While the Free For All is a fairly new outlet that expresses love of literature of all kinds, including diverse literature, banned books and literature that doesn’t necessarily share a viewpoint with us, Banned Books Week has been pushing diversity in literature and fighting challenges to books for the past 34 years. Initially started by … Continue reading Saturdays @ the South: Celebrating Banned Books

Five Book Friday: The Banned Books Week Edition

In honor of Banned Book Week, today, we take a look at five books that have recently been officially challenged or publicly denounced, and their authors responses to them, and why #weneeddiversebooks in our lives, and in our libraries: Eleanor and Park: When it was first released in 2013, Rainbow Rowell’s first YA novel got a huge … Continue reading Five Book Friday: The Banned Books Week Edition