A Few Thoughts on Banned Books Week

Published on :

This is Banned Books Week, and we here at Litstack applaud all the buzz that it’s gotten on social media. The very idea of banning books is the antithesis to an educated and progressive society, and yet some of our most cherished classics have been subject to challenge:  The Grapes […]

Five Surprisingly Banned Books

Published on :

As book lovers, we don’t really understand the purpose of censorship. We certainly don’t support an effort to ban any books because we believe that readers should be able to judge for themselves the appropriateness of a given book. But sometimes, even the best books are pulled from the shelves. […]

Gimbling in the Wabe – On Children and Censorship

Published on :

Okay, so…. I know my memory isn’t what it should be.  But I can’t remember ever – not once – being told that I couldn’t read a particular book.  That it wasn’t appropriate, or had unsuitable content.  Not from a teacher, a parent, a librarian.  Not when I was young, […]

The American Library Association’s Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2014

Published on :

Each year, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom compiles a list of the top ten most frequently challenged books in order to inform the public about censorship in libraries and schools. The ALA actively condemns censorship and works to ensure free access to information, which is certainly something […]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Second Chances, Redux

Published on :

This week, I was planning to write on the unhappy phenomenon of banned books.  However, every time I sat down to do this my thoughts went back to a year ago, when the attempt to ban a book I thought was wonderful played across the headlines of my own local […]

Gaiman’s ‘Neverwhere’ Banned

Published on :

From Tor.com: A mother in Alamogordo, New Mexico, decided to celebrate Banned Books week a little late this year by asking her daughter’s school to pull Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere from its reading list. She objected to the fact that her daughter, a sophomore student at the town’s lone high school, was expected to […]

Mug Shots Of Characters From Banned Books

Published on :

We love this post from THP: University student Kate Boryeskne created a compelling response to censorship with a series of paintings she’s calling “Banned Books Mugshots.” The illustrations feature characters from challenged books such as “The Scarlet Letter” and “Their Eyes Were Watching God.” Check out more of Kate’s illustrations on her […]

Banned Book Review: ‘Fahrenheit 451’ by Ray Bradbury

Published on :

“It was a pleasure to burn. It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed….and his hands were the hands of some amazing conductor playing all the symphonies of blazing and burning to bring down the tatters and charcoal ruins of history.” These words […]