The ALA’s Banned Books Week is starting today (September 22-28, 2013) so it seems appropriate there’s been an increase in articles about books and censorship in the States. A few notable recent examples include:
- the North Carolina challenge of Ralph Ellison’s The Invisible Man,
- the challenge of Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye in Alabama,
- the disinviting of Meg Medina from a school visit in Virginia because of Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass,
- and Rainbow Rowell’s amazing Eleanor and Park being cause for weird school behaviour in Minnesota (if you read only one of these links, this is my favourite).
I find the two YA issues linked above kind of interesting because, technically they don’t fiti into Banned Books. The challenges there were about the authors themselves being challenged and disinvited. Their books haven’t been removed from libraries, but they’ve been pushed away as people who might say dangerous things. Librarians wanted to bring them in and bureaucrats pushed back. I think that’s sad.
But anyway, in keeping with the spirit of the week: Books still get challenged. School boards aren’t necessarily run by librarians or others who want to have controversial information available to people. The ALA wants you to know that, and that it’s librarians who help make sure people can read anything.