Banned Books Week September 26-October 2, 2021

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This week, from September 26 through October 2 of 2021 is National Banned Books Week. Book banning and censorship is a crucial issue that should unite readers and writers. Throughout the world and humanity’s history, governments, churches, and other institutions have banned or attempted to ban and censor books.

Most of us are familiar with the images from Nazi Germany in which thousands of books were burned by the Fascists. All banning, however, is not so explicit. Sometimes in the United States of America, books are challenged, especially in the context of not being allowed to be taught in the classroom.

I oppose all such censorship. As a writer, it is an obscenity; as a teacher, it is an imposition of chosen ignorance; as a reader, it is an intolerable abomination. We must unite and oppose book banning, in all of its forms.

Fight for your freedom to choose what to read.

Here are several important links about this issue:

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American Library Association

I will later, this week, in honor of this important cause put out another call for readers to become part of my unofficial group that opposes censorship–The Underground Library Society, The U. L. S.

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In the meantime, I ask all of you this question: what is a book that has been banned or challenged that you love?

I choose To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

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50 thoughts on “Banned Books Week September 26-October 2, 2021

  1. Hi Charles, going through the list of books I provided the link to above, half the books I’ve read in the past 10 years are on it. It is hard to chose a favourite, but I will go with Brave New World and then 1984 and then The Great Gatsby. Hmm, that sounds like a cheat as I’ve given three and not one [smile].

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  2. When I took a graduate course in the history of education in the US, I did my term paper on censorship in the public schools, I was appalled to learn that censorship went beyond banning novels. The political right in Texas censored what was in science, history, and social studies textbooks across the country. This was in the mid-1980s. I sure hope it’s changed by now.

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  3. I’m sorry this one is late but under the circumstances, I felt it most appropriate.

    “The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.” – Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

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