A Few Thoughts on Banned Books Week

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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 of Wrath, To Kill a [….]

Five Surprisingly Banned Books

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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. Some of the following were [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – On Children and Censorship

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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, certainly not when I got [….]

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

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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 to celebrate during Banned Books [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Second Chances, Redux

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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 newspaper.  I wrote about the [….]

Gaiman’s ‘Neverwhere’ Banned

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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 read the book after she [….]

Mug Shots Of Characters From Banned Books

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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 portfolio. [h/t Flavorwire]   Source

Banned Book Review: ‘Fahrenheit 451’ by Ray Bradbury

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“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 are our first introduction to [….]

“Sweet Children” and Trust

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I remember when I first received my first Harlequin book. I was 13 years old. I don’t remember anything about the book other than it’s olive green cover, but what I do remember is the reason why my mother gave me the book and the feeling has stayed with me since. We were leaving our [….]