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This year the theme of Banned Books Week is Young Adult* fiction. We have put together a list of frequenlty challenged YA title from the past year:
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
- Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi (Pantheon Books/Knopf Doubleday)
- The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison (Holt, Rinehart, and Winston)
- The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini (Bloomsbury Publishing)
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky (MTV Books/Simon & Schuster)
- Drama, by Raina Telgemeier (Graphix/Scholastic)
- Chinese Handcuffs, by Chris Crutcher (Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins)
- The Giver, by Lois Lowry (HMH Books for Young Readers)
- The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros (Vintage/Knopf Doubleday)
- Looking for Alaska, by John Green (Dutton Books/Penguin Random House)
Data courtesy of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom.
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I now have a new reason to love my kid’s school: his current assigned text, Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, is number 2 on the most challenged book list for 2014 compiled by the American Library Association:
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A current analysis of book challenges recorded by ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) from 2001 – 2013, shows that attempts to remove books by authors of color and books with themes about issues concerning communities of color are disproportionately challenged and banned. A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint filed with a library or school requesting that a book or other material be restricted or removed because of its content or appropriateness.
In 2014, the OIF received 311 reports regarding attempts to remove or restrict materials from school curricula and library bookshelves. Eighty percent of the 2014 Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books reflect diverse authors and cultural content.
Not only are some Americans trying to remove books on sex and religion (not to mention evolution) from schools and public libraries, now they’re going after books dealing with poverty and class, reports the Guardian:
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Late last month, for the 32nd year in a row, Banned Books Week was marked across the US. Spearheaded by the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom, the annual salute to the freedom to read has become a fixture. It aims to counterbalance perennial challenges to the content of books and efforts to get them banned, usually from schools and libraries.
The ALA collects information on which books are objected to and reports on prominent recurring themes that tend to generate moral or ideological indignation. Subjects such as religion, race, gender, sexuality and allegations of sexually explicit content or offensive language frequently top the list.
More worrying, however, is the recent rise in efforts to get books banned that cover poverty and social class.
Abby Martin speaks with NYU media studies professor, Mark Crispin Miller, discussing the addition of 5 books to the Forbidden Bookshelf, a project aimed at making important literature that has gone out of circulation once again available to the public.
The newest additions to the Forbidden Bookshelf include:
1. DuPont Dynasty: Behind the Nylon Curtain by Gerard Colby
2. Hidden History of the Korean War by I.F. Stone
3. Assassination on Embassy Row by Saul Landau and John Dinges
4. The Assassination of New York by Robert Fitch
5. The Polk Conspiracy by Kati Marton
Access the full series here: www.forbiddenbookshelf.com
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Abby Martin speaks with NYU media studies professor, Mark Crispin Miller, about five historical books that have been actively suppressed and hidden from the American public.
One suspects that more than a few disinfonauts have perused a copy of The Anarchist Cookbook since it was first published in 1970. It quickly became something of an underground classic, but author William Powell later disavowed it. On the book’s Amazon page he is quoted as saying:
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During the years that followed its publication, I went to university, married, became a father and a teacher of adolescents. These developments had a profound moral and spiritual effect on me. I found that I no longer agreed with what I had written earlier and I was becoming increasingly uncomfortable with the ideas that I had put my name to. In 1976 I became a confirmed Anglican Christian and shortly thereafter I wrote to Lyle Stuart Inc. explaining that I no longer held the views that were expressed in the book and requested that The Anarchist Cookbook be taken out of print. The response from the publisher was that the copyright was in his name and therefore such a decision was his to make – not the author’s.
The team at Disinformation has long supported Banned Books Week. The 2013 week is nearly upon us (September 22-28) and once again you can participate in the Banned Books Virtual Read-out:
Since the inception of Banned Books Week in 1982, libraries and bookstores throughout the country have staged local read-outs—a continuous reading of banned/challenged books—as part of their activities. For the third year in a row, readers from around the world can participate in the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out by creating videos proclaiming the virtues of the freedom to read that will be featured on a dedicated YouTube channel.