Friday, September 23, 2011
Banned Books Week begins tomorrow, September 24th, and to celebrate it, users in libraries across the U.S. will have access to books that were unceremoniously yanked from the shelves. In Charlton, Massachusettes, Mark Twain's "Eve's Diary" is returning. Other works returning are Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five and Sarah Ockler's Twenty Boy Summer (though access seems to be restricted). Reading matter continues to be a hotly contested issue in schools and libraries. More here from The Guardian, the American Library Association, and the National Coalition Against Censorship. The ALA lists these novels as the top one hundred books most frequently challenged and/or banned in the U.S. as objectionable because of their content.