Free Expression

    Square Books Creates Broadside Welcoming All

    A year ago, Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi, posted a sign in its front window announcing its welcoming attitude toward everyone who might walk through its doors.

    Hong Kong Bookseller’s Daughter Seeks Help in Freeing Him

    Angela Gui, the daughter of Hong Kong bookseller Gui Minhai, has been fighting a lonely battle to force Chinese authorities to release her father, who was kidnapped from his holiday home in Thailand in October 2015.

    ABA Supports Press Freedom

    ABA has joined more than 80 book, free expression, and press organizations in expressing alarm at efforts by President Trump and his administration to demonize, marginalize, and undermine the media.

    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.

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