BANNED BOOKS WEEK (SEPT 26 - OCT 2)
Banned Books Week (September 26 - October 2, 2021) The theme of this year’s event is “Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us.”
- Banned Books Week was launched in the 1980s as a result of many challenges and protests, and the Supreme Court case Island Trees School District v. Pico (1982)
- The 1982 American Booksellers Association BookExpo America trade show featured about 500 banned and challenged books at the entrance to the convention center in large, padlocked metal cages.
- Further demonstrations were held by institutions and stores, hosting read-outs, window displays featuring literary graveyards, or books in brown-bags, to hide their covers in order to drive media attention.
- Banned Books Week coverage today reaches an estimated 2.8 billion readers, and more than 90,000 publishing industry and library subscribers.
You can visit https://bannedbooksweek.org/ to find out more about Banned Books Week and ways to support this annual celebration of the freedom to read.