Banned Books Week Defends the Right to Read
Banned Books Week is Sept. 23-29 and its theme this year is "Banning Books Silences Stories." The key message is that everyone has to speak out against the tide of censorship.
Some of the top ten challenged books from the past year:
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian written by Sherman Alexie, consistently challenged since its publication in 2007 for acknowledging issues such as poverty, alcoholism, and sexuality
- Drama, a graphic novel by Raina Telgemeier challenged in school libraries because it includes LGBT characters and is considered confusing for children
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, banned because of violence and its use of the N-word
- The Hate U Give, a young adult novel by Angie Thomas banned in school libraries and curriculums because it was considered “pervasively vulgar” and because of drug use, profanity, and offensive language
These are all held by the Hekman Library.