July 15, 2010...8:47 am

OIF releases Banned Books: Challenging our Freedom to Read

The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom announces the release of Banned Books: Challenging our Freedom to Read, by Robert P. Doyle, which can be purchased through the ALA Store for $39.00. Published annually from 1983 to 2001, and every third year since then, the new edition of Banned Books details incidents of book banning from 387 B.C. to 2010.

Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read provides a framework for understanding censorship and the protections guaranteed to us through the First Amendment. Interpretations of the uniquely American notion of freedom of expression–and our freedom to read what we choose–are supplemented by straightforward, easily accessible information that will inspire further exploration.

This updated and expanded 2010 edition features a new, streamlined design that will make this an essential reference you will return to time and again. Contents include:

– Incidents–Top Ten Challenged books of 2009 and Challenged or Banned Books–more than 1800 titles listed alphabetically by author plus Title, Topical, and Geographical Indices.
– Insight–The Challenge of Censorship
– Interpretation–The First Amendment, The Freedom of Expression, and The Freedom to Read
– Information–First Amendment Timeline, Court Cases, Glossary, Bibliography, and Quotations
– Ideas–Celebration Guide for Banned Books Week and Communication Guide for librarians

Robert P. Doyle is the executive director of the Illinois Library Association. He is a noted authority and frequent speaker on First Amendment rights and the freedom to read.

For more information about banned and challenged books, including Banned Books Week (September 25 through October 2, 2010), please visit www.ala.org/bbooks.