Free Expression

    Ingram Banned Books Week Promotion Continues

    Ingram Content Group is supporting Banned Books Week by offering an additional discount on orders of 25 or more books chosen from a list of more than 450 banned or challenged titles on iPage®.

    Square Books Declares First Amendment Sales Tax Holiday

    Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi, declared a new holiday at the end of summer: On August 27, the store held a one-day sale that it called a First Amendment Sales Tax Holiday.

    ABA Urges President Obama to Protest Turkish Censorship

    On September 1, ABA joined American publishers, authors, and librarians in a letter urging President Obama to protest the widespread suppression of free speech in Turkey during his meeting with Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan in China.

    Ingram’s Banned Books Week Promotion Begins

    This year’s Banned Books Week promotion from Ingram features an additional discount on more than 450 banned or challenged titles plus a Banned Books Week banner while supplies last.

    Banned in Boston: The Sad Case of the Dunster House Bookshop

    In his latest column on the history of the fight for free speech, ABFE Director Chris Finan looks at the case against a bookseller that finally led the Massachusetts legislature to change the state’s obscenity law.

    Last Chance to Order Banned Books Week Display Kit

    Time is running out for ABA bookstore members that want to receive the 2016 Banned Books Week display kit, distributed by American Booksellers for Free Expression.

    ABFE Protests Virginia School Censorship

    American Booksellers for Free Expression has joined a protest against a Virginia school district’s decision to remove several books from its summer reading list after a parent complained that they are “pornographic.”

    Guantánamo Diary Author Recommended for Release

    A government review board has recommended that Mohamedou Ould Slahi, the author of Guantánamo Diary and an inmate of the U.S. prison in Cuba for 14 years, be released.

    BTW News Briefs

    Candlewick to publish interactive tie-ins to J.K. Rowling movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; IPG acquires INscribe Digital; Simon &Schuster to distribute Hazelden Publishing; WNBA announces new executive officers; SCIBA Book Award finalists announced; PEN America urges presidential candidates to provide open environment for journalists

    Bookstores to Host Banned Books Week Events on Same Night

    Bookstores in seven cities will hold events on the same night during this year’s celebration of Banned Books Week (September 25–October 1) to highlight challenges to books written by authors of diverse backgrounds.

    ABFE Defends Investigative Reporting

    Booksellers have joined publishers, authors, and librarians in urging a federal appeals court to invalidate an Idaho law that would suppress undercover investigations of animal abuse and other illegal conduct at public or private agricultural facilities.

    Rhode Island Governor Vetoes “Revenge Porn” Bill as Threat to Free Speech

    Citing concerns about free speech, Rhode Island Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has vetoed a bill that would have made booksellers, newspapers, and other media criminally liable for the distribution of nude images without the affirmative consent of the people pictured.

    American Booksellers, Publishers, and Librarians Praise Hong Kong Bookseller

    ABA, AAP, and ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom have praised a Hong Kong bookseller for revealing details of his illegal imprisonment by Chinese authorities and for refusing to identify customers in China who purchased books critical of Chinese officials.

    Author “Disinvited” by Vermont Elementary School

    A speaking appearance by author Kate Messner was cancelled by a Vermont elementary school on June 6 because school officials feared that discussion of her new book, which includes a character who is a heroin addict, might anger parents.

    Children’s Institute Raffle to Showcase Art From 12 Children’s Book Illustrators

    Here’s a preview of the artwork to be raffled off at the ABC Children’s Institute, including pieces from illustrators Ryan T. Higgins, LeUyen Pham, and Michael Slack.

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