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Celebrate your freedom to read

Celebrate your freedom to read

Banned Books Week, an event sponsored by the American Booksellers Association; American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression; the American Library Association; American Society of Journalists and Authors; Association of American Publishers; and the National Association of College Stores and endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, begins today. Many biographies of banned and challenged book authors can be found in Biography Resource Center (after all, authors are our bread and butter what with the complete set of Contemporary Authors in our content repository).

For the 2008 list of most frequently challenged books, we have biographies on the following authors: Peter Parnell (And Tango Makes Three), Philip Pullman (His Dark Materials trilogy), Lauren Myracle (TTYL; TTFN; L8R, G8R series), Alvin Schwartz (Scary Stories series), Rudolfo Anaya (Bless Me, Ultima), Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Cecily von Ziegesar (Gossip Girl series) and Khaled Hosseini (The Kite Runner).

We also have a brand spankin’ new biography of the late Judith Krug, who was the director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. She started Banned Books Week in 1982. Definitely somebody worth reading about to whom all librarians — and patrons — owe a debt of gratitude for her lifetime of service.

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Posted on: September 26, 2009, 9:53 am Category: Factoids Tagged with: , , , ,

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