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Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week starts today! This week is meant to celebrate the freedom to read but also to challenge censorship. They also had an online contest where people could vote for their favourite banned book of the year. The winner was The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. This event actually first started in 1982 and sees more libraries and literary organizations join in every year. According to Jodie Ginsberg, a partner of the event, believes this event is more relevant than ever, to ensure that book trade has a bright future. She said in an interview:

“Many book events focus on a particular genre. Banned Books Week aims to draw attention to the stories that aren’t being told and why. It also offers a historical and international perspective – I think we can learn a lot by seeing what ideas and topics people considered unacceptable even 20 years ago and what subjects are taboo elsewhere today. That helps us to see the value of reading outside our own comfort zones, and in making sure we champion different voices.”

Of the 483 books that were challenged or banned in 2018, these are the Top 11 Most Challenged:

And here are some interesting numbers and statistics about banned books:

And finally, here is a list of the top 10 most banned books in America:

Have you read any of these banned books? I’ve read four of them so far, some others are on my list! Let me know what you think in the comments.

Happy reading,

Loes M.

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