Monday, September 27, 2010

Banned Books Week

     Can you believe it is Banned Books Week already? (September 25- October 2)  Time seems like it is flying past. Banned Books Week has been something I've always been passionate about. I don't know if you guys heard about the uproar this past summer with Humble, Texas and their Teen Lit Fest with disinviting an author, (Ellen Hopkins) because a small group of one librarian and some disgruntled parents believed her writing was inappropriate, regardless of the overwhelming majority who were in favor of having Hopkins at the fest she was still dis-invited. Many authors heard about Hopkins' dis-invite and pulled out from the fest as well. In fact I believe the entire Teen Lit Fest ended up being canceled due to the many authors pulling out.  Pete Hautman one of the authors that pulled out of the fest posted about the event and I really liked what he said here in a segment of his post.

 A few years ago, at a National Book Awards banquet, I met Judy Blume. She had just delivered a passionate speech about censorship. I joked, “Hey Judy, how do I get MY books challenged? I think it would be good for sales.” Judy was not amused. She looked at me and said, in a voice as dry as ash, “It will happen, and you will not like it.” She was right on both counts.


     This incident with Humble, Texas is just a small example of how well and alive censorship is in our society today. I'm no a zealot towards the cause, I know our history and how far we've come. I just also believe that we can do better. Thanks to Scope Notes for the heads up, there's this awesome Quiz made in honor of Banned Books Week by Mental Floss. Check it out and see your score! Click HERE to take it.


Also here is a list of ALA's ten most frequently challenged books of 2009


1. ttyl, ttfn, l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
Reasons: Nudity, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs


2. “And Tango Makes Three” by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
Reasons: Homosexuality


3. “The Perks of Being A Wallflower,” by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Anti-Family, Offensive Language, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs, Suicide


4. “To Kill A Mockingbird,” by Harper Lee
Reasons: Racism, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group


5. Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group


6. “Catcher in the Rye,” by J.D. Salinger
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group


7. “My Sister’s Keeper,” by Jodi Picoult
Reasons: Sexism, Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs, Suicide, Violence


8. “The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things,” by Carolyn Mackler
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group


9. “The Color Purple,” Alice Walker
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group


10. “The Chocolate War,” by Robert Cormier
Reasons: Nudity, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

Linkage:

No comments: