Thank you to fellow blogger and book reviewer Michelle Newby at #texasbooklover for sharing news of Banned Books Week with us. Authors, publishers and readers of LGBT literature should certainly be aware of any concerted efforts to ban books in our schools, libraries, etc. For more information about Banned Book Week, September 21-27 check out a website by the American Library Association, which shows that the most frequently challenged books include works by such authors as James Baldwin, Truman Capote and D.H. Lawrence.
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. 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 readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. Most importantly, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.
So, take Texas Book Lover’s advice and something subversive – it’s good for you.