I’m having two posts today – I’ll be posting the one about the Twitter Programs later.

For now here’s the Banned Book Week blog post I screwed up on last week.

You’ll probably be seeing a lot of bloggers mentioning that this week is Banned Book Week. We’ve all heard about the battles to keep Harry Potter out of schools. But did you know that there have also been challenges to Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones? Or Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner. Classics aren’t exempt – look at the challenges to Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn? Or John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. And OMG the worst of the worst, Harper Lee’s classic To Kill a Mockingbird!  (Want to see a list of books that were challenged in 2007-2008? Go here for the PDF list)

I must admit to a lot of teeth grinding when I hear people agitating to “ban books” in this day and age but I’d also thought most of it was going on down in the States in the Bible Belt. Uh uh. Canadians did you know that Catholic schools in Halton Ontario actually pulled Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass from its shelves for a while? As did ones in Calgary Alberta. Waterloo and Kitchener Ontario challenged Nancy Schniedewind’s Open Minds to Equality and wanted it pulled from publicly funded schools because it is morally neutral toward homosexuality.  OM f’g God. Do these closed-minded people not see how ironic that is to want to ban an book about keeping an open mind?

Yes, okay, I’m starting to get back up on my soap box.  As part of the effort to raise public awareness about the efforts to ban books even in this “enlightened” day and age, Samhain authors are going to be taking over the Samhain Cafe at various times during the next week.  The wonderful and witty Inez Kelley and I are going to be chatting over there tonight between 6 and 8 p.m. giving away copies of books. (Yes, mine would definitely be on that banned list, and frankly it should be kept out of schools, it’s not age appropriate. But from libraries? Uh uh.) So drop on by tonight and have a chance to win.

Banned Book Week
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3 thoughts on “Banned Book Week

  • September 28, 2009 at 3:20 am

    Hi Leah 🙂
    Thanks for the heartfelt post.
    I loathe banners & censors.
    Can't believe it is the 21st Century & the #1 Banned Book is about Penguins!
    Love & Best Wishes,

  • September 28, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    One book that was sooooo badddd was a book called Candy… was from the 60's and actually was made into a movie with I think Richard Burton and Marlon Brando…. I got caught reading in by a sub geography teacher one day… LOL HE asked to borrow it when I was done… 🙂

  • September 28, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    it's my understanding that Canada doesn't have an official 'banned books list' but that books can be 'requested removed' from the shelves of schools (etc) by individuals.
    I could be wrong… as my research is old.

    I don't believe in banned books, however I don't think EVERYTHING should be available to everyone. Why?
    Because there are a lot of stupid people in the world (fill in your own examples – mine would be the head-shaking phenom known as 'Spiedi') who have no common sense (like those who let their 6 year olds play M rated games) so some censorship is probably a good thing.

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