Free Expression

    BTW News Briefs

    Follett names COO; Children’s Book Week expands staff; PEN World Voices Festival to focus on gender and power; PEN America Literary Award winners and Nebula, Norton, and Bradbury nominees announced

    Simon & Schuster Cancels Yiannopoulos Book

    Simon & Schuster has announced the cancellation of its contract to publish Dangerous, a book by Milo Yiannopoulos.

    Trump Appointees Will Shape Free Speech

    ABFE Director Chris Finan offers his thoughts on how two of President Trump’s appointees — Jeff Sessions and Neil M. Gorsuch — could significantly affect the exercise of First Amendment freedoms.

    Using What We Have: A Conversation Regarding Simon & Schuster and Milo Y.

    Amy Stephenson and Christin Evans of The Booksmith explain why the store felt compelled to take action in response to Simon & Schuster’s decision to publish a book by Milo Yiannopoulos.

    ABFE Seeks Book Recommendations for Open Discussion Project

    ABFE’s Open Discussion Project aims to help booksellers bring Americans together to discuss issues that deeply divide us. As a first step, ABFE is seeking booksellers to help curate topical reading lists.

    ABA Supports Freedom to Publish Yiannopoulos Book

    ABA has joined a statement criticizing efforts to force Simon & Schuster to cancel plans to publish a book by right-wing firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos.

    BTW News Briefs

    We Need Diverse Books publishes first anthology; HarperCollins takes full ownership of HarperCollins Brasil; International Dublin Literary Award nominations announced

    Hope for the New Year

    In the face of growing ideological polarization, bookstores offer hope for the future, writes ABFE Director Chris Finan.

    Gui Minhai T-Shirts Arriving in Bookstores

    Richard Howorth’s Square Books was one of the first stores to receive an order of T-shirts calling on China to release bookseller Gui Minhai. Howorth suggested the idea for the T-shirt to ABFE.

    Adult Humor Book Discontinued Amid Controversy

    An adult humor book will no longer be published as a result of protests by online critics who considered it racist; however, free expression groups expressed support for the publisher’s right to publish the book.

    Inquiring Minds Bookstore’s Brian Donoghue Reflects on the Consequences of Taking a Political Stand

    Brian Donoghue, the owner of Inquiring Minds Bookstore in Saugerties, New York, writes about his decision to mount a controversial display during the past election cycle and the unexpected outcomes.

    Booksellers Embrace Post-Election Role

    Bookstores are embracing their roles as sources of information and self-expression and as a community nexus, providing books, safe spaces, and other resources in the post-election landscape.

    Post-Election, Bookstores Offer Safe Spaces for Communities to Come Together

    Following last week’s divisive election, independent booksellers are reaching out to remind customers that their bookstores are safe, bipartisan spaces where community members can come together.

    Progress in the Debate Over Free Speech on Campus

    Though a recent report found there is no free speech crisis on campus, there is a real need for more education for students about the importance of free expression, writes ABFE Director Chris Finan.

    Bookstore Wins Battle for Anti-Trump Banner

    Inquiring Minds Bookstore has won its fight with town officials who attempted to force the bookstore to remove from its front window an anti-Trump banner that includes a swastika.

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