[bksvol-discuss] Re: Banned Books Week

  • From: "Evan Reese" <mentat1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2007 14:13:24 -0700

I would believe it. Many people who talk about subscribing to such values as 
freedom of speech really don't when the rubber hits the road. There's a 
great book about that subject called "Free Speech for Me But Not for Thee", 
by Nat Hentoff, not currently on Bookshare. It was quite enlightening.


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: maithe007
  To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  Sent: Sunday, September 30, 2007 11:16 AM
  Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Banned Books Week

  *smile* There are many more.  When I get the list, I will post it for you 
guys.   Who would believe such a thing at this date and time? *shaking head* 
Thanks for all your efforts Carrie and group members.


    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: Carrie Karnos
    To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Sent: Sunday, September 30, 2007 9:06 AM
    Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Banned Books Week

    Thanks for posting the list, Maithe!  I'll try to get the ones we don't 
already have.


    maithe007 <maithe007@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
      I got this from one of my groups...thought you guys might find this 
interesting.  The sad thing is that this is just the tip of the iceberg.


      Yes, that's right it's Banned Books Week!

      The American Library Association [ALA] host this week to ensure the
      public is aware that books are being taken off school and public
      library shelves at the behest of one person or group.  Not all books
      that are challenged are banned or restricted, but yes, it does happen
      where a book will be taken out of a collection, never to be returned

      Most books challenged are to protect children.  Before I go any
      further, the ALA states:  "Librarians and governing bodies should
      maintain that parents-and only parents-have the right and the
      responsibility to restrict the access of their children-and only their
      children-to library resources."  No matter how busy a parent is, it is
      for them to monitor the books their kids are reading, not deny others
      the use of a book.

      So what type of books are we talking about?  That's what I'll share
      with you this week - a taste of what some communities are having
      problems with.  Today, I'll give you the books challenged, restricted,
      removed, or banned in 2006-07.  It is not a complete list because
      about 85% of challenged library materials receive no media attention
      and are therefore unreported.  I have included entries [exactly as
      reported] for a few of them so you can see some of the reasoning
      behind the challenges.  These and more can all be found in "Banned
      Books" by Robert P. Doyle.  They are:-

      Alvarez, Julie.  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents.
      Ancona, George.  Cuban Kids.
      Angelou, Maya.  I Know Why a Caged Bird Sings.
      Atwood, Margaret.  The Handmaid's Tale.

      Baskin, Julia, Lindsey Newman, Sophia Politt-Cohen, and Courtney
      Toombs.  The Notebook Girls. Warner Bks.  Challenged, but retained at
      the Cape May County, NJ Library (2006).  The book is comprised of the
      entries four New York City high-school students made in a shared
      journal in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

      Bechdel, Alison.  Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic.
      Birdseye, Tom.  Attack of the Mutant Underwear.
      Bradbury, Ray.  Fahrenheit 451.
      Bradbury, Ray.  The Veldt.
      Brown, Dan.  The Da Vinci Code.
      Burroughs, Augusten.  Running With Scissors.
      Chbosky, Stephen.  The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
      Chevalier, Tracey.  Girl With a Pearl Earring.
      Chomsky, Noam, and Edward S. Herman.  Manufacturing Consent: The
      Political Economy of the Mass Media.
      Chopin, Kate.  The Awakening.

      Christensen, James C., Renwick St. James and Alan Dean Foster.  Voyage
      of the Basset.  Artisan.  Retained in the Davis County, Utah Library
      (2006).  The complainant objected to the book after her five-year-old
      son borrowed it from the children's section and showed her the
      illustrations it contains of topless mermaids and other partially
      clothes mythical creatures.  The author is a retired Brigham Young
      University Art professor and cochair of the Mormon Arts Foundation.

      Cormier, Robert.  The Chocolate Wars.
      Crutcher, Chris.  Whale Talk.
      de Haan, Linda and Stern Nijland.  King & King.
      Draper, Sharon M., and Adam Lowenbein.  Romlette and Julio.
      Eleveld, Mark, ed.  The Spoken Word Revolution: Slam, Hip Hop & the
      Poetry of a New Generation.
      Fogelin, Adrian.  My Brother's Hero.
      Frank, E.R.  America.
      Freedom Writers.  The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150
      Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them.
      Gaines, Ernest J.  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.
      Going, K.L.  Fat Kid Rules the World.
      Gordon, Sharon.  Cuba.
      Gravett, Paul.  Manga:  60 Years of Japanese Comics.
      Gray, Heather M., and Samantha Phillips.  Real Girl/Real World: Tools
      for Finding Your True Self.
      Green, Jonathon, comp.  Cassell Dictionairy of Slang.

      Hedayat, Sadegh.  The Blind Owl.  Grove Pr.  The widely acclaimed
      Iranian classic, written in the 1930's, was banned in Iran (2006).
      "The new government intends to take positive steps for reviving
      neglected values and considering religious teachings in the cultural

      Hedges, Peter.  What's Eating Gilbert Grape.
      Jukes, Mavis.  The Gay Book: An Owner's Manual.
      Kehret, Peg.  Abduction!
      Langley, Andrew.  100 Greatest Tyrants.
      LeGuin, Ursula K.  A Fisherman of the Inland Sea.
      Levitt, Steven D., and Stephen J Dubner.  Freakonomics: A Rogue
      Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything.
      Lowry, Lois.  The Giver.
      Mackler, Carolyn.  Vegan Virgin Valentine.
      Mathabane, Mark.  Kaffir Boy.
      McBain, Ed.  Alice in Jeopardy.

      Mitchell, Stephen.  Gilgamesh: A New English Version.  Free Pr.
      Challenged in the Clearview Regional High School in Harrison Township,
      N.J. (2006) because the modern translation of on of the oldest known
      pieces of literature was considered sexually descriptive and
      unnecessarily explicit.  The work itself dates back to about 1700
      B.C., some one thousand years before the writings of Homer.

      Mochizuki, Ken.  Baseball Saved Us.
      Morgan, Melissa J.  TTYL.
      Morrison, Toni.  Beloved.
      Morrison, Toni.  The Bluest Eye.
      Myers, Walter Dean.  Fallen Angels.
      Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds.  Reluctantly Alice.
      O'Brien, Tim.  The Things They Carried.
      Opie, Iona Archibald, and Peter Opie, eds.  I Saw Esau: The
      Schoolchild's Pocket Book.

      Park, Barbara.  Junie B. Jones and Some Sneaky Peeky Spying.  Random.
      Challenged in the Wake County, N.C. schools (2006).  Parent are
      getting help from Called2Action, a Christian group that says its
      mission is to "promote and defend our shared family and social

      Parks, Gordon.  The Learning Tree.
      Paulsen, Gary.  Zero to Sixty: The Motorcycle Journey of a Lifetime.
      Peters, Lisa Westberg.  Our Family Tree: An Evolution Story.
      Pollan, Michael.  The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the
      Richardson, Justin, and Peter Parnell.  <em>And Tango Makes Three.
      Rowling, J.K.  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
      Rowling, J.K.  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
      Rowling, J.K.  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
      Rowling, J.K.  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
      Rowling, J.K.  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
      Ruby, Laura.  Lily's Ghost.
      Sanchez, Alex.  Rainbow Boys.

      Schreier, Alta.  Vamos a Cuba (A Visit to Cuba).  Heinemann.  Removed
      from all Miami-Dade County school libraries (2006) because a parent's
      complaint that the book does not depict an accurate life in Cuba.  The
      American Civil Liberties Union [ACLU] of Florida filed a lawsuit
      challenging the decision to remove this book and the twenty-three
      others titles in the same series from the district school libraries.
      In granting a preliminary injunction in July 2006 against the removal,
      Judge Alan S. Gold of U.S. District Court in Miami characterized the
      matter as a "First Amendment issue" and ruled in favor of the ACLU of
      Florida, which argued that the books were generally factual and that
      the board should add to its collection, rather than removing books it
      disagreed with.

      Schwartz, Alvin.  More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.
      Sebold, Alice.  The Lovely Bones.
      Sendak, Maurice.  In The Night Kitchen.
      Shafak, Elif.  The Bastard of Istanbul.
      Silverstein, Charles, and Edmund White.  The Joy of Gay Sex.
      Steer, Dugald.  Wizardology: The Book of the Secrets of Merlin.
      Steinbeck, John.  Of Mice and Men.
      Thompson, Craig.  Blankets.
      Twain, Mark (Samuel L. Clements).  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
      Vonnetgut, Kurt.  Slaughterhouse-Five.
      Watkins, Yoko Kawashima.  So Far from the Bamboo Grove.
      Wood, Maryrose.  Sex Kittens and Horn Dawgs Fall in Love.
      Wright, Richard.  Black Boy.

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