Banned Books Week: Fight for the freedom to read books, as written

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Launched in 1982 when the number of challenged books rocketed, Banned Books Week is the national book community’s annual celebration of the freedom to read, and draws national attention to the dangers of censorship.

According to the American Library Association, more than 11,300 books have been challenged or banned since Banned Books Week’s inception.

In 2014, the Office for Intellectual Freedom reported 311 challenges, but many more are not listed. These are titles that were the 10 most challenged in 2014:

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Across the country, libraries and bookstores remind the public of the dangers of censorship by displaying challenged books and hosting events in many states. Thank you to the sponsors – including the American Library Association, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, the National Coalition Against Censorship, People For the American Way, American Association of University Presses and the National Council of Teachers of English. These organizations continue to get the message out, and make this cause such an important and widespread one.

Banned Book Week began on 27 september and runs through 3 october 2015. Check out the previous 2013 and 2012 challenged titles.

Read banned and challenged books proudly.

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