Entries Tagged as ‘Banned Books Virtual Read-Out!’

September 24, 2013

Khaled Hosseini for the Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out!

On the third day of Banned Books Week, we would like to feature a video from Khaled Hosseini reading a passage from his frequently challenged novel, The Kite Runner. The Kite Runner, was the 6th most frequently challenged novel in 2012 for homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, and being sexually explicit; and the ninth most frequently challenged […]

September 23, 2013

Banned Books Week Hero: Tony Diaz, Librotraficante

It takes courage to protect intellectual freedom and the freedom to read. To that end, the sponsors of Banned Books Week have identified outstanding individuals and groups who have stood up to defend their freedom to read by honoring them with the title Heroes of Banned Books Week. Today we feature Tony Diaz. In 2012, […]

September 18, 2013

Banned Books Week Heroes unveiled during Virtual Read-out

Readers from across the United States and around the world will demonstrate their support for free speech by participating in a Virtual Read-Out of banned and challenged books during Banned Books Week, Sept. 22 – 28, a time when the nation celebrates the freedom to read and the American Library Association (ALA) brings attention to the […]

October 11, 2012

50 State Salute to Banned Books Week: New Jersey, New Mexico, and New York

We have several more states to feature for the 50 State Salute to Banned Books Week. Today’s featured states are New Jersey, New Mexico, and New York! The Friends of the Metuchen Library in Metuchen, New Jersey, read, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird: Instructor Matthew Valdiviez reads a passage from William Shakespeare’s Richard II […]

October 10, 2012

50 State Salute to Banned Books Week: Alaska, Colorado, Georgia, Mississippi, and Montana

Although Banned Books Week 2012 has ended, we are pleased to continue featuring videos from states across the country in hopes that viewing them will inspire you to continue to celebrate the freedom to read any day of the year. Today’s featured states are Alaska, Colorado, Georgia, Mississippi, and Montana. Members of the Alaska Quidditch […]

October 5, 2012

Authors speak out against censorship for the Banned Books Virtual Read-out!

This year’s Banned Books Virtual Read-out has featured wonderful writers such as Stephen Chbosky, Sara Paretsky, Dr. Carmen Tafolla, Dori Hillestad Butler–not to mention the honorary co-chair and journalist extraordinaire, Bill Moyers. Today we feature a compilation video created by the Association of American Publishers (AAP). This video features various authors speaking out against censorship […]

October 4, 2012

Carmen Tafolla for the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out!

Happy day 5 of Banned Books Week! Today, we present Carmen Tafolla, Poet Laureate of San Antonio (TX) and the author of Curandera, a book of poetry banned in the Tucson (AZ) Unified School District in 2012. For more information on the Tucson situation, please read ALA’s Resolution Opposing Restriction of Access to Materials and […]

October 3, 2012

Sara Paretsky for the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out!

Throughout Banned Books Week, we will continue to feature videos from both the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out and the 50 State Salute to Banned Books Week. Today we present Chicago writer, Sara Paretsky, best known for her V.I. Warshawski detective novels, who honors the life of Anne Frank by reading a poem written by Chilean […]

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