Banned Book Week 2009 – Support it!

Banned Books Week – celebrating the freedom to read

September 26−October 3, 2009

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 . . .click here to read more.

Of all the information presented at the ALA site about banned books I found the information about challenged books most interesting as both Never Ceese and Forever Richard fall into this category for a certain group. Here’s the definition of challenged books:

What’s the difference between a challenge and a banning?

A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group . . .

It has been my experience, and also the experience of many other authors I’ve talked to, that Larger Christian Bookstores restrict materials based on affiliation. If the book isn’t published by a fee paying member of CBA (Christian Booksellers Association) or isn’t heavily targeted for the audience CBA was set up to serve in 1950, the work won’t be placed in larger Christian Bookstores not even if it is approved for distribution to the Christian market. Making all work produced by general market authors who write work that appeal to this audience, challenged.

Don’t forget to keep that in mind when you’re looking for fiction in your larger Christian bookstores. And by all means, support banned book Week! 🙂


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