September 30th, 2009


1. I haven't had much to say so far about Banned Books Week, but in part that's because I've been busy reading a banned book: jbknowles' fantastic Lessons From a Dead Girl, which was just challenged by a school in Kentucky -- the same school district that is apparently now not letting teachers wear shirts that say "I read banned books" in support of Banned Book Week because they are too "political."

- Laurie Halse Anderson's book Twisted (about a kid on probation, a subject near and dear to my heart) was also addressed in that challenge, as was Sonya Sones' What My Mother Doesn't Know and What My Girlfriend Doesn't Know. All 3 of these books are excellent and I highly recommend them to anybody looking for something to read this week!

- I already linked to this once this week but it deserves linking again: the Interactive Map of book challenges and bans across the U.S., 2007-2009.
I love this map because a) it shows how real and daily challenges to freedom of speech in my country are, b) it handily sums up responses and attempts to fight back that are both heartwarming and encouraging, and c) it's a great reading list. :D

- Read a banned book this week!!!! Lessons From a Dead Girl is my banned book this week: what's yours?