It’s Banned Books Week and so I’ll be having that theme all week long. I love books. Books took me places I’d never imagined as a child, they still do today. I’m so lucky to be able to write them and even luckier that people want to read them. My books contain sexual themes and other themes that can be controversial like witchcraft and other paranormal storylines. The freedom to think and feel what you wish is also the freedom to let others do so. Censorship takes that freedom away and makes the censor the person in control of what you or I think, feel and read. That isn’t what this country is about. There are lots of things I don’t like or agree with. I don’t read those books. It’s a simple thing really.
The American Library Association holds Banned Books Week every year in the last week of September. This is their twenty fifth year doing this.
How can you fight censorship and keep books available at your library? The ALA has a great list of things here at their website.
BBW celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. After all, intellectual freedom can exist only where these two essential conditions are met.
A worthy celebration, no?
The top 10 most challenged books for 2005 were:
The “10 Most Challenged Books of 2005” reflect a range of themes. The books are: