Banned Books Week

07 Nov
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Free Speech Still a Thing at Indie Bookstores

“Every day my e-mail inbox is filled to the brim with stories on attempts to censor,” writes ABFE Director David Grogan, but “independent bookstores remain a bastion of free expression and diversity.”

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03 Oct

Booksellers Celebrate Banned Books Week 2018

Store windows and booksellers’ social media pages were decked with displays promoting Banned Books Week.

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26 Sep
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Penguin Random House Partners With We Need Diverse Books to Celebrate Banned Books Week

As part of a social media sweepstakes, PRH is highlighting quotes from books that have been challenged or banned. For every entry, PRH will donate one book to We Need Diverse Books.

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19 Sep

Get Ready for Banned Books Week 2018 With New Handbook

The new Celebrate Banned Books Week Handbook will help booksellers prepare for the weeklong celebration, which kicks off this Sunday, September 23.

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11 Sep

Register and Promote Your Banned Books Week Event

Booksellers can register planned Banned Books Week events and celebrations to appear on a map that will help readers find their local participating store.

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05 Sep

“Banned Spotlight” Highlights Stories of Censorship

The first Spotlight features I Am Jazz, Jazz Jennings’ autobiographical picture book in which she shares her experience as a transgender child.

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21 Aug

Banned Books Week Kits Arrive in Bookstores

Indie booksellers that ordered a Banned Books Week promotion kit from the American Booksellers Association will receive their kits in the August Red Box, on its way to stores now.

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14 Aug
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New Banned Books Week Resources Available

The Banned Books Week Coalition has created new resources to help booksellers promote this year’s annual celebration of the freedom to read, to be held September 23–29.

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10 Jul
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Start Planning for Banned Books Week 2018

The Banned Books Week Coalition is offering new tools and resources to help booksellers prepare for this year’s celebration of the freedom to read, to be held September 23–29. 

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04 Jun

Last Chance to Order Banned Books Week Kits Before June 7 Deadline

ABA bookstore members must sign up before June 7 to receive a 2018 Banned Books Week promotion kit, which includes bookmarks, stickers, counter cards, caution tape, and more.

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14 May
ABFE Free Speech Report

ABFE Free Speech Report

“Every day, attempts to hinder or to outright ban our right to free expression continue at an alarming pace in this country and around the globe. And in many ways, it is a death by a thousand paper cuts,” writes ABFE Director David Grogan.

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02 May

Opt in to Receive a Banned Books Week Kit

Free Banned Books Week promotion kits are now available to order via a form on BookWeb.

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24 Apr

Sign Up Now to Receive a Banned Books Week Kit

Bookstore members should fill out the form on BookWeb if they wish to receive a Banned Books Week promotion kit, which includes bookmarks, stickers, counter cards, caution tape, and more.

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11 Apr

ALA Announces Top Ten Challenged Books in 2017

The American Library Association has released its list of the books that were most frequently banned or challenged in schools or libraries in 2017.

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11 Apr

Banned Books Week Announces 2018 Theme

The 2018 theme, “Banning Books Silences Stories,” serves as a reminder that everyone needs to speak out against censorship. 

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