The Rabbits’ Wedding by Garth Williams: The story of a black rabbit, a white rabbit, racism, and a kick-ass librarian #banned books

In 1958 American artist Garth Williams wrote and illustrated The Rabbits’ Wedding. Aimed at children aged 3 to 7, it’s a sweet story about a male black rabbit and a female white rabbit who enjoy hanging out together having a lot of fun. They realise they love each other and end up getting married. Too […]

Banned Books Week 21-27 September: Celebrating the Freedom to Read #bannedbooksweek

  It’s Banned Books Week again! Banned Books Week is an annual event and initiative of the American Library Association which brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider […]

Justine or The misfortunes of virtue by Marquis de Sade — an ebook published by @Momentumbooks Celebrating the Freedom to Read #bannedbooksweek

Some books have been burned, banned by censors, bookshops, schools or libraries and some books land the author in prison. That’s what happened to the Marquis de Sade. I confess I’d never read Marquis de Sade until recently and didn’t know much about him except that which exists in the popular conscience – that he […]

Banned Books Week September 22-28 2013 Celebrating the Freedom to Read #bannedbooksweek

Launched by the American Library Association in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries, more than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982. It’s here again! Banned Books Week is one of my favourite weeks of the year. It’s the national [US] book […]

Libraries and the banning of Fifty Shades of Gray

Well, that didn’t take long. Fifty Shades of Gray by EL James has been banned and pulled from library shelves in three US states. Apparently, it’s too ‘controversial’. Read the HuffPost article about that here. I work in a public library and when I was on desk duty the other day, a patron who had […]

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