Navigating the nuanced issues of today’s world can seem a bit like walking through a maze. Reading and seeking new information provides a pathway to understanding, but censorship offers a dead end. This is the message that independent booksellers will be sharing during Banned Books Week, September 27th – October 3rd, as they join librarians, educators, journalists, and others in the fight against censorship and in celebrating the freedom to read.
Banned Books Week, founded in 1982, is a continued effort to bring awareness to the ongoing practice of censorship and to champion diverse books that help readers explore new ideas and amplify voices. The week offers an important reminder that censorship is not an issue of the past, as books continue to be challenged and banned for their content. The American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom monitors book censorship across libraries, school, and universities and compiles an annual list of the most challenged books. In the past year, the top books have been banned or challenged for LGBTQIA+ content, political or religious viewpoints, and for characters that use “nefarious means” to attain goals (this was in reference to the Harry Potter series). Check out the Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2019 here.
Readers: Shop Your Local Indie Bookstore
Independent bookstores continue to offer books that share diverse voices and explore new points of view. Throughout Banned Books Week, indies will be highlighting banned and challenged books and offering community conversations, so be sure to check out the happenings at your local independent bookstore. Need help finding a local indie bookstore in your area? Check out IndieBound’s Indie Bookstore finder here:
And remember to follow us on Instagram @IndieBookBuzz for Banned Books Week giveaways and interesting facts on why popular books were banned throughout history.
Indie Bookstores: Stock Up for Banned Books Week
Ingram is proud to team up with the American Booksellers for Free Expression in creating the official Banned Books Week poster and we’re offering independent booksellers a special discount as they gear up for the week.
Now through October 4th, enjoy an additional +3% off a list of nearly 400 banned and challenged books. The additional discount is automatically applied to your orders – no promo code needed. View the full list on ipage® here.