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Banned Book Week: September 24-October 1   Tags: banned book week, banned books, bbw, censorship  

Learn about Banned Book Week, including BBW's mission, frequently challenged/banned books and why they are challenged and ways to get involved. Don't forget to take our poll!
Last Updated: Oct 2, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates
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What is Banned Book Week?


"Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.  Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

Intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular—provides the foundation for Banned Books Week.  BBW stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them."


Challenged and Banned Titles available @ Hunt Library

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Their Eyes were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston
ISBN: 0060916508
This tale of a young woman's journey of self-discovery has been challenged and banned for sexual explicitness.

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The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
ISBN: 0143039431
This classic, Pulitzer Prize winning story about a migrant farm family from Depression-era Oklahoma has been challenged for its use of "vulgar words"

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Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
ISBN: 0679732764
Removed from high school reading lists for profane language, sexual explicitness and violence, Ellison won the National Book award for this novel about a young black man's adventures through contemporary America.

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Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
ISBN: 0316769177
A favorite target of censors since its publication, J.D. Salinger's beloved coming of age story has been described as obscene, vulgar, "excessively violent" and "filthy."

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Native Son - Richard Wright
ISBN: 006083756X
Wright's story of a young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a white woman in 1930s Chicago has been challenged for its use of profanity, as well as graphic violence and sexual content.

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Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut
ISBN: 0385333846
Vonnegut's popular title has endured many challenges and was even burned in 1973 in a North Dakota community. Censors criticize the book for its sexual content, depictions of torture, foul language and portrayal of women.



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