Saturday, September 24th marked the beginning on Banned Books Week.
“Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. 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 bannings of books across the United States.”
So grab Slaughterhouse-Five or one of the installments of Harry Potter or even the American Heritage Dictionary! Read those objectionable words and ideas. And let your imagination take over. Celebrate the freedom to read and to write.
Want to read more banned books? Here’s a(n incomplete) list!
I must add, I love that Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (my favorite book) has the longest reason for being banned (even longer than Catcher in the Rye). For such a small book, it sure made an impact all over the country.