Free Expression

    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.

    Justice Department Reaffirms Protections for Reader Privacy

    The U.S. Department of Justice has reaffirmed protections for the privacy of bookstore and library records that may be targeted under Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act.

    Bookstore Fights Ban on Anti-Trump Sign

    A bookstore in a small town in upstate New York is fighting efforts to force it to remove a banner from its front window that contains a message critical of Donald Trump.

    BTW News Briefs

    Nominations open for 2016 Indie Awards; PEN America’s new report addresses free speech on college campuses; Above the Treeline receives investment; Literary Landmark nominations sought for Children’s Book Week; Grateful American Book Prize awarded to Chris Stevenson; Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize in Literature

    Booksellers Knock Out Unconstitutional Louisiana Law

    Two New Orleans bookstores have won their legal challenge to a Louisiana law that would have required them to verify the age of visitors to their websites.

    ABFE Survey Seeks Bookseller Input on Banned Books Week

    American Booksellers for Free Expression is asking booksellers to help plan next year’s Banned Books Week by filling out a short survey on their experiences during this year’s event.

    Banned Books Week Off to a Fast Start

    Banned Books Week kicked off with a message sent to more than 1.6 million supporters on Facebook and Twitter, followed by events around the country.

    Seven Indies to Host “A Night of Silenced Voices”

    Seven bookstores in different parts of the country will celebrate “A Night of Silenced Voices” on September 27, during Banned Books Week.

    ABFE Seeks Social Media Support for Banned Books Week

    ABFE is urging bookstores to join the growing social media campaign supporting Banned Books Week, which for the first time will include the use of a social media service to broadcast the campaign’s message to millions of Internet users.


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