Perhaps you’ve heard: It’s Banned Books Week, and across the country, libraries, bookstores, teachers and countless readers are celebrating ‘the freedom to read.’
For an event like this, it never hurts to have a cause célèbre, and this year, organizers needn’t have gone very far in search of one. They just had to turn to Twitter, where people have been rallying behind the young-adult author Laurie Halse Anderson, whose best-selling 1999 novel, ‘Speak,’ has found itself at the center of a heated censorship debate.
Two of the censorship attempts mentioned in this blog entry, including the attack on Speak, originated in my own current home state of Missouri.
I gotta get outa here.