Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read

Banned Books Week will be observed September 27
through October 4. This year marks BBW’s 27th anniversary.

The American Library Association describes the event as
a way to celebrate the freedom to choose and the freedom to express
one’s opinion
– even if that opinion might be considered
unorthodox or unpopular. The annual BBW stresses the importance of
ensuring the availability of all viewpoints to those who wish to
read them.

The most frequently challenged books of 2007 include:

BBW is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association, American
Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, American Library
Association, American Society of Journalists and Authors,
Association of American Publishers, National Association of College
Stores, and is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library
of Congress.

Observed since 1982, this annual American Library Association event
reminds Americans not to take this democratic freedom for

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