This week, from September 25 to October 1, is Banned Books Week, one of my favorite weeks of the year (aside from Christmas break and Shark Week!). But what is so important about this particular week, in general? It’s just a bunch of books that uptight people once complained about, right? Well, this week is so much more than that. This year’s theme is diversity, since books written by authors of color tend to be banned or challenged at a higher rate than those written by white authors.
Banned Books Week represents the freedom of speech and expression, solidarity with the human condition, and the right to read. This week’s theme complements the needs expressed by the hashtag #WeNeedDiverseBooks.
To celebrate Banned Books Week, I have put together a Goodreads shelf of the banned books I have read (please note that the list also includes some challenged books). I have also started reading Alice Walker’s The Color Purple (which is also on the reading list for Emma Watson’s feminist book club Our Shared Shelf!).
For further information on banned books week:
Banned Books Week Official Website
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Marshall University’s collection of the most popular books banned, listed by year
144 books and why they were outlawed
How are you celebrating Banned Books Week?