From the ALA Banned Books Week page:
Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.
Intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular—provides the foundation for Banned Books Week. BBW stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them.
This week I'll be posting at least one review of a book from the Top 100 Banned/Challenged books of 2000-2009. I'm looking forward to seeing what other book bloggers have in store for Banned Books Week!
Here are links to a few of the great Banned Books Week events and posts that I have come across so far:
- Mindful Musings has a fabulous master list of book giveaways, anti-book banning posts, and author posts on book banning and censorship.
- Andrea Cremer, author of Nightshade is hosting an EPIC Contest in honor of Banned Books Week. Click here for details. (ends on Saturday)
- Mindful Musings is also hosting a guest post from Em and Nora at Love YA Lit on Banned Books and their movies.
- Amanda at The Zen Leaf took a look at a couple of banned children's books in her Sunday Salon.
- At The 3 R's Blog, Florinda talks about Banned Books that she has read in her Sunday Salon.
- Sheila at Book Journey has a linky up for bloggers who review a banned book this week.
- Donna at Bites is hosting Ban This! 2010 to encourage book bloggers to participate in Banned Books Week.
- Steph Su Reads is hosting a Banned Books Reading Challenge from September 1-October 15. It's not too late to get involved!
- Page Turners hosts author Laura Manivong's post on Using a Book to Open a Conversation
- Bea's Book Nook is hosting a giveaway of Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson and any other book from the ALA's list of banned and challenged books. (ends October 2)