Banned Books Week 2015: CBLDF Gear Bundle Helps You Celebrate This September!

September 3, 2015
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Libraries, schools, and bookshops around the nation will be celebrating the freedom to read September 27 - October 8. The seven day celebration of the freedom to read will focus on Young Adult books, including the many young adult comics challenged in schools! That’s why the CBLDF is proud to present the BANNED BOOKS WEEK GEAR BUNDLE 2015!…

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Barefoot Gen Ranked #1 Most Affecting Manga in Japanese Poll

September 3, 2015
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Barefoot Gen Ranked #1 Most Affecting Manga in Japanese Poll

In a recent poll done by Japanese website Goo, Keiji Nakazawa’s semi-autobiographical manga anti-war Barefoot Gen ranked number one as today’s most “traumatizing” manga. The poll asked readers to rank the top 28 manga that left an indelible emotional impression on them. Although a fair majority of the titles are classic and modern horror, science…

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Illinois Officials Burned by 1950s Library Purge

September 2, 2015
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Illinois Officials Burned by 1950s Library Purge

In the modern popular imagination, the 1950s represent the height of repression, conformity, paranoia, and of course censorship. To be sure, the era did see the brief rise of Sen. Joseph McCarthy, the continued effects of the Hollywood blacklist (instituted in 1947), and the founding of the Comics Code Authority in order to stave off…

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Hairy Situation: Canadian Website Censors Satirical Essay by Margaret Atwood

September 2, 2015
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Twitter called it #hairgate, but award-winning author Margaret Atwood said it was outright censorship when her column about Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s hairdo was pulled from the National Post site last month. In what quickly escalated to blitz of social media attention and support, Atwood’s short 813-word article satirically discussed the upcoming Canadian federal…

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Banned Books Week 2015: CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook, in Stores Now!

September 2, 2015
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Banned Books Week is happening September 27 – October 3, and CBLDF is delighted to release the latest edition of the CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook to help you celebrate! A resource anyone can use to plan a Banned Books Week celebration in their community, the handbook features a gorgeous cover by bestselling — and…

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Banned Books Quotes to Inspire You!

September 1, 2015
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Banned Books Week is coming, and The Guardian has collected some quotes from authors, novels, and activists meant to inspire you to stand up for the right to read! One of the biggest obstacles faced by educators and authors is the protection of their students and fans’ right to read. From book bans to book…

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Banned Books Week 2015: Use CBLDF Comics Connector to Plan Your Events!

September 1, 2015
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Banned Books Week is quickly approaching! As you’re planning your events for September 27 – October 3, don’t forget CBLDF Comics Connector! CBLDF Comics Connector is free directory that connects educators and librarians with creators, editors, and other comics professionals who are willing to visit classrooms and libraries. This year, Banned Books Week celebrates young adult books, and many of…

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Neil Gaiman: “Freedom of speech is a hugely important thing.”

August 31, 2015
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Neil Gaiman: “Freedom of speech is a hugely important thing.”

“I was really lucky in that my parents definitely didn’t seem to have any kind of rules about what I couldn’t read.” With that, Neil Gaiman — CBLDF Advisory Board co-president and longtime supporter of our fight for the right to read — kicked off an excellent interview with The Guardian‘s Frances Myatt about reading,…

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School Allegedly Deems Wonder Woman Lunchbox Too Violent

August 28, 2015
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School Allegedly Deems Wonder Woman Lunchbox Too Violent

According to a post that appeared on Reddit this week, a secular private elementary school in an unidentified English-speaking country allegedly sent home a note to a student’s parents indicating that her Wonder Woman lunchbox would no longer be allowed because it contravened the dress code due to “violent images.” The lunchbox featured Wonder Woman’s…

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Last In Stock Means It’s Your Last Chance!

August 28, 2015
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August has seen a rise in great new CBLDF Limited Edition Premiums, and when the month is up we may not be seeing them again! During the entire month of August, our Rewards Zone has been hosting the CBLDF T-Shirt Blowout. In an effort to make room for new and exciting apparel, we’ve been offering…

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