Tag Archives: Banned Books

The age-old story of challenged and banned books

Banned books seem like a thing of the past, pushed by paranoia and fueled by fears of moral corruption. But many books are still banned on national and localized levels. Why? From the Bible to Harry Potter, some of the world’s most influential books of times both modern and ancient have been banned from the […] … learn more→

Banned Books Awareness: “Their Eyes Were Watching God”

This is a republish of this article Written in 1937 by Zora Neale Hurston, “Their Eyes Were Watching God” tells the story of Janie Crawford, a 16-year-old whose grandmother decides to marry her off to a well-respected man in the community. Fellow censored author, Alice Walker, had this to say about the book: “There is […] … learn more→

Celebrating Freedom: Banned Books Week 2014

I couldn\’t think of a better way to celebrate the power of Banned Books Week than to share something wonderful and deeply touching. In the last several months leading up to this year\’s Banned Books Week I have been humbled and honored to read and share comments and letters I have received from people all […] … learn more→

Banned Books Awareness: “The Book of Negroes”

This is a republish of this article Lawrence Hill wrote one of the bestselling and most-popular Canadian novels of all time; but what does he do for an encore? Hill, who will be in Edmonton this coming Tuesday (4/17/12) to deliver the University of Alberta’s annual Henry Kreisel lecture, knows how to follow up a […] … learn more→

Banned Books Awareness: “Banned Books saved from burning in Canada”

Just two days before Deborah Merrick, Branch Manager at Merritt Library in British Columbia, was scheduled to burn banned books, members of the community came forward to stop her. “People came in and said they didn’t want any books burned,” Merrick said. “I didn’t have a single person come out and say that burning books […] … learn more→

Banned Books Awareness: “Death at Seaworld”

David Kirby is the New York Times bestselling author of Evidence of Harm: Mercury in Vaccines and the Autism Epidemic and Animal Factory: The Looming Threat of Industrial Pig, Dairy, and Poultry Farms to Humans and the Environment. A professional journalist for over 15 years, controversy swells over his investigative reporting with his latest exposé. Death at SeaWorld: Shamu and the […] … learn more→

Banned Books Awareness: The “Internet Girls” series by Lauren Myracle

The “Internet Girls”, also refered to as the “IM” series, is a trilogy by American author Lauren Myracle written between 2005 and 2008. The Young Adult series consisting of TTYL (2005), TTFN (2007), and L8R, G8R (2008) follows the lives of three friends- Zoe, Maddie, and Angela- as they deal with such topics of high […] … learn more→

Banned Books Awareness: “The Chocolate War”

An acting headmaster at Trinity, a private Catholic prep school, goes too far with his ambitions when he forces students to sell twice as many boxes of chocolate at twice the price in an annual school sale; he enlists Archie and the other members of a school group called The Vigils to achieve his selfish […] … learn more→

Banned Books Awareness: “Literacy is a Lifestyle”

March is National Reading and Grammar Month here in the United States. It is built around the birthday of Dr. Seuss, as March 2 is honored with a National Read Across America Day. Libraries and schools from coast to coast held reading parties and celebrated the written word; but for all the festivity, we have […] … learn more→

Banned Books Awareness: Retrospective on a year’s worth of censorship

Many New Years resolutions concern ways of improving the self- smoke less, exercise more; spend less, conserve more. These are worthy goals, but always subjective in nature and often fall to the wayside as circumstances and attitudes change while the year takes shape. As long-time readers of this column are aware, I began a personal […] … learn more→