Free Expression

    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.

    Rhett Jackson, the Happy Bookseller

    ABFE Director Chris Finan looks back at the life of Rhett Jackson, a much-honored Southern gentleman who confounded people's expectations and always stood up for civil rights and First Amendment issues.

    ABFE Supports Doctor Sued for Criticizing “Quack Clinic”

    ABFE has joined the Association of American Publishers and other groups in filing a friend of the court brief in a lawsuit that could have a potentially crippling effect on the public debate of important subjects.

    Booksellers Win Ruling Against Louisiana Internet Restriction

    Two New Orleans bookstores have won an important battle in their challenge to a Louisiana law that would require them to verify the age of visitors to their store websites.

    Protesters Picket Author Appearance at Porter Square Books

    Cambridge, Massachusetts, bookstore owner David Sandberg met protestors at an April 19 author appearance with sympathy and respect and a statement that explained why it was important for the event to go on as planned.

    Banned in Boston: The Battle Begins

    This article, part of an occasional series on the history of free speech by ABFE Director Chris Finan, looks at efforts to ban H.L. Mencken's magazine, American Mercury, in 1920s Boston, which marked the start of a critical battle for free speech in books.

    Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2015 Revealed in ALA Report

    The American Library Association’s 2016 State of America’s Libraries report, which details American library trends of the past year, reveals the 2015 Top Ten List of Most Challenged Books.

    A Statement on the Protest Against North Carolina House Bill 2

    ABA has joined with the Association of American Publishers, the American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom, the Children’s Book Council, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance to urge authors, illustrators, and publishers not to boycott North Carolina bookstores.

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