Monday, September 26, 2016
Banned Books Week
This week is the American Library Association's Banned Books Week where we all celebrate the right to read whatever the heck we want. And that's a great thing. The theme this year is celebrating diversity. Which is also a great thing.
Publishers are working to draw attention to the cause in different ways.
Penguin Random House is giving away a box of banned books. Great books are on the list like The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, Slaugherhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut and The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison.
They also explain how some of the books were either banned or challenged.
Simon & Shuster is also giving away a pile of banned books on their special website, as well as downloads of banned book week posters. Banned books here include Judy Blume's books Fade, Blubber and Gone, Joseph Heller's Catch 22 and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Other publishers like Hachette, Scholastic, Workman and Harper Collins are mobilizing their social media channels to draw attention to the cause.
So help celebrate by reading whatever you want. You get to decide what you think and no one else.