Liberate a Banned Book Today

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In case you haven’t heard, it’s Banned Books Week. That means from September 24 through October 1, you should feel free to break loose the bonds of reading restrictions set by the prudish or uninformed, and read a banned or challenged book.

You’ll find the list of frequently banned and challenged books, as well as a whole host resources on the subject, on this site. Take a look through the list of books and prepare to be surprised (Harry Potter by J.K Rowling, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger – just to name a few). Imagine if logic didn’t prevail? What would we read at university? Which books would we call classics?

Photo by Evan McGlinn for the New York Times Liberate a Banned Book Today

You might also be shocked to learned that one of Mark Twain’s books just got off the censored list and is now back in circulation at a Massachusetts library. Originally banned due to “indecent” illustrations, Twain’s book, Eve’s Diary, is now ready to check out – 105 years after being banned. Get the full story on the uproar it caused way back in 1906 and how it got back on the shelves in this New York Times article. And when you’re done reading that, head to the library, read a banned book, and celebrate freedom of ideas.

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