Banned Books Week

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‘We’ve moved backwards’: US librarians face unprecedented attacks amid rightwing book bans
From active shooter trainings to cancelled bookmobiles, librarians are caught in the crossfire of a conservative censorship craze

Lauren Mechling

20, Sep, 2022 @5:00 AM

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From Lolita to Winnie-the-Pooh: Juno Dawson on the best banned books
From the ‘unrestrained pornography’ of Nabokov’s classic to Harry Potter’s witchcraft … the This Book Is Gay author looks at literary works that have fallen foul of censors

Juno Dawson

23, Sep, 2018 @5:30 AM

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A book banned for promoting peace | Letters
Letters: Theodora Wilson Wilson’s anti-war novel The Last Weapon was published in 1916 and banned a year later


10, Oct, 2017 @5:44 PM

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‘Write no more’: 10 books that were banned
A classic by Zola, a housewife’s handbook on promiscuity, Toni Morrison’s Beloved – in Banned Books Week, a look back at works that have been subject to silencing or censorship

Matthew Fellion and Katherine Inglis

29, Sep, 2017 @11:00 AM

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Banned Books Week: 'In 2017, censorship comes from an outraged public'
As right-to-read celebration begins, campaigners says authors must resist pressure from ‘online mob’ to avoid controversial topics like sex and race

Alison Flood

25, Sep, 2017 @4:21 PM

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My trans picture book was challenged – but the answer to hate speech is more speech
The co-author of I Am Jazz, about a transgender girl’s journey, explains how efforts to ban the book show exactly why it should be read

Jessica Herthel

27, Sep, 2016 @10:00 AM

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Banned Books Week launches with call to read books the 'closed-minded' want shut
Joining the annual celebration of the right to read, US author Jessica Herthel urges people to seek out ‘more information, more voices’ to protect diversity

Alison Flood

26, Sep, 2016 @8:49 AM

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The banning of books in prisons: 'It's like living in the dark ages'
Dan Slater’s book Wolf Boys is the latest of many to be banned to American prisoners for reasons that seem capricious, illogical and vindictive

Stuart Miller

25, Sep, 2016 @10:00 AM

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Books for teenagers should reflect real life - and that includes sex and swearing
Ted Dawe, whose novel Into The River has been banned in New Zealand due to swearing and sexual content, explains why censoring teen books doesn’t make any sense

Ted Dawe

29, Sep, 2015 @11:58 AM

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Author Lauren Myracle calls on overprotective parents to stop banning books
With Banned Books Week set to start in the US, the writer of the TTYL series says adults should ‘trust the teens they’re trying to protect’

Alison Flood

25, Sep, 2015 @1:39 PM

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New Zealand protests planned in solidarity with banned book
Nationwide readings to be staged in reaction to the ban on Ted Dawe’s coming-of-age book Into the River

Alison Flood

09, Sep, 2015 @3:27 PM

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Henrietta Lacks biographer Rebecca Skloot responds to US parent over 'porn' allegation
Author says parent from Tennessee is confusing ‘gynaecology with pornography’ over description of Lacks discovering a lump in her cervix

Alison Flood

09, Sep, 2015 @10:55 AM

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