Monday, September 28, 2015

Censored: Supporting #BannedBooksWeek

"Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association."

In all of the English and literature classes I teach, we discuss those challenged and banned books. If you haven’t looked, you’d be surprised at the list of well-known and loved classics on the challenged lists.

Books that many readers, maybe including you, have dared to read.

A glimpse of the American Library Association’s Top 10 Books Challenged from 2000 to 2009 includes I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou as #7; The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain; Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck; Forever by Judy Blume and, the most recent additions, Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling.

This week marks Banned Books Week, sponsored by the American Library Association. Explore their activities, increase awareness and especially read.

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Recently, I experienced an instance of censorship with a short story, Sex U. Summer School. Amazon deemed it “erotica” and shuffled it off to no man’s land, which means if you don’t have a direct link, it cannot be found. Do a search for Louisa Bacio + Summer School and nothing comes up. (But if you go to my author page, it can be found.) On Wednesday, the second novella, Christian Mingle, in the series releases. What are the odds that it’ll be filtered away?

My oldest daughter is 12, and she’s found some extremely questionable products on Amazon. Once, she was looking for a tail for a costume and came across ones that “installed,” ummm, down there … with pictures! So that pops up, but a book with “sex” in the title becomes too taboo?

Join in the discussions! What challenged books have you read? I’m such a rebel: Harry Potter! (To start.)

Until next time,

Louisa Bacio

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