Banned Books Week
And I just found out that today is the start of the Banned Books Week (BBW).
From the initiative’s web page:
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
And I thought, why not?
I’ve been a reader since I was six and I learned how to read – and before that, my mother used to read to me.
I met a lot of great people in these fifty-one years I’ve spent on the planet, but books are what made me.
Movies and records and late dinners and long walks under the rain, too, sure, but first and foremost, books.
I still judge people by the books on their shelves.
It’s bad, and unfair, but I seldom get them wrong.
Again from the website…
Banned Books Week 2018 will be held September 23 – 29. The 2018 theme, “Banning Books Silences Stories,” is a reminder that everyone needs to speak out against the tide of censorship.
Visit their website.
There is also a map of all the events planned for this week. And it was the map that got me thinking about doing something, here on Karavansara.
Will I find something interesting to write about?
I think I will.
And I’m open to suggestions.
Is there some unspeakable book we need to talk about?