Censorship

tag cloud of reasons for challenging of books, including anti-racism, anti-police, LGBTQIA+, religious viewpoint, emphasis on social justice, profanity, promoting Islam

Stand Against Censorship!

In celebration of Banned Books Week, here are some articles about censorship. Banned Books Week Fights Censorship by People in Power “This op-ed argues that those who ban or burn books are seeking to destroy history, ideas, and narratives that challenge the authority of those in power.” Jameelah Nasheed provides a succinct history of censorship, …

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Poster: Books Unite Us

ALA Kicks Off Banned Books Week 2021

It’s that time of year: it’s ALA’s annual Banned Books Week. This year’s event is themed “Books Unite Us, Censorship Divides Us” and is set to run from September 26 through October 2. And it comes at a time, ALA officials said this week, when LGBTQIA+ books and books that focus on racism and racial …

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Central York School District (Finally) Overturns Ban On Antiracist Books

Luckily, in our third news story about this, we have better news! After continuing protests by students and parents, national media coverage, and authors speaking out, the board has finally reversed the ban. Source: Central York School District (Finally) Overturns Ban On Antiracist Books   Since I had carried the earlier news about this incident, …

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Teacher Pulled From Classroom After Highlighting Inclusive Materials

A third grade teacher was pulled from the classroom after highlighting inclusive and activist literature on social media. Source: Teacher Pulled From Classroom After Highlighting Inclusive Materials   I’m no longer content with burying stories like this in weekly links lists. These types of actions need to be brought to general attention in the same …

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Last Week's Links

Literary Links

Students Protest Book Bans in Pennsylvania School District Last week’s Literary Links included an article about censorship in a Pennsylvania school. Here’s a follow-up: “students have spoken up, demanding that materials by Black and Brown authors be reinstated in the classroom.” Becoming the Thing That Haunts the House: Gothic Fiction and the Fear of Change …

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Last Week's Links

Literary Links

Dread, War and Ambivalence: Literature Since the Towers Fell The events of 9/11 irrevocably changed the course of global affairs. They also changed culture. It will likely be easier to say how a century from now. But with 20 years’ hindsight, The Times’s book critics reflect below on some of the influence of that day …

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Last Week's Links

Literary Links

Censorship on the Rise Worldwide A report from Publishers Weekly: “Since the start of the Covid pandemic, there’s been a rise in instances of government censorship of books around the world.” 3 Things to Know About the Ending of a Story I see a lot of discussion in literature-related posts about fictional introductions, but not …

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Discussion

What a Crazy Week in Publishing!

Between the post-publication recall of Blake Bailey’s biography of Philip Roth and the cancelation of contracts for upcoming political books, my head is spinning. This will probably be quite a rambling discussion, because I am truly of two minds on these kinds of issues. ‘There Is a Tension There’: Publishers Draw Fire for Signing Trump …

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Last Week's Links

Literary Links

Captivating Novels about Astrology In her introduction to this list, Laura Maylene Walter, author of the novel Body of Stars, calls herself “a skeptic who doesn’t read horoscopes in my daily life.” But, she continues, “hand me a work of fiction about astrology or psychics, and I’m captivated.” Many of the books on this list …

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