Banned Books Week News Roundup

RainaTelgemeier_BBWPoster_8.5x11Banned Books Week is almost over, and once again it’s been a great success! Let’s take a look at CBLDF and Banned Books Week in the news:

Banned Books Week: How comics are fighting a hail of critical fire: CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein sits down with Michael Cavna for an interview in the Washington Post.

Banned Books Week Celebrates Freedom to Read Across the Nation: Brownstein also features in a report from New York City’s NBC affiliate station.

Banned Books Week: Talking With CBLDF Director Charles Brownstein About The Freedom To Read: Brownstein sat down for yet another interview with Tech Times.

Celebrate The Freedom To Read: American Library Association President Sari Feldman wrote about the importance of the library profession in the fight against censorship at Huffington Post.

Librarians Assemble!: The podcast by and for librarians who love comics features Bone and Drama in a Banned Books Week Special.

Why Celebrate Banned Books Week?: Judith Platt, Director of Free Expression Advocacy at the Association of American Publishers, discusses why we should take time to appreciate our freedom to read at Reading Rainbow.

What You Can Do for Banned Books Week: The New York Public Library’s Gwen Glazer offers some ways to take action against censorship at Huffington Post.

Author Lauren Myracle calls on overprotective parents to stop banning books: The author of TTYL, TTFN, and L8R, G8R asks adults to “trust the teens they’re trying to protect” in the Guardian.

It’s Banned Books Week again. Can we stop yelling at each other about it?: Jacqueline Woodson, winner of the National Book Award for Brown Girl Dreaming, talks to the Washington Post about her hope for increased dialogue rather than animosity in the fight against censorship.

40. 6. 9. : This One Summer co-creator Jillian Tamaki writes about a unique author visit with six ninth-grade Texan boys in a van on the move, and the importance of honestly addressing kids’ questions about “adult” topics in books on their own terms, at Reading Rainbow.

Long Live Banned Books Week!: National Coalition Against Censorship Communications Director Peter Hart counters the misconception that Banned Books Week is outmoded because “no one even bans books anymore,” at Huffington Post.

Many thanks to the organizers of Banned Books Week and our BBW co-sponsors — the American Booksellers Association; American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression; the American Library Association; American Society of Journalists and Authors; Association of American Publishers; the Freedom to Read Foundation; National Coalition Against Censorship; National Council of Teachers of English; National Association of College Stores; PEN American Center and Project Censored — for all of their work in support of the freedom to read this week and the rest of the year as well.

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