Free Expression

    ABFFE to Mix the Serious and the Sublime at BookExpo America

    The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) will have something to appeal to both the serious and the fun-loving sides of the booksellers who visit New York City in May for BookExpo America. On Friday, May 3, Barbara Kingsolver will participate in an ABFFE panel on the impact of the September 11 terrorist attacks on civil liberties. And on Saturday night, the Rock Bottom Remainders will rock Greenwich Village in a Book Industry Foundation concert to benefit ABFFE and the Association of American Publishers' Get Caught Reading campaign.

    Booksellers to Bid on Visits With Top NY Authors During BEA

    Booksellers who have dreamed of having a long chat with an award-winning author or illustrator will get to compete for the chance in March during a nationwide auction conducted by the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE). Leonard Marcus, Chris Raschka, Robert Sabuda, Jon Scieszka, Peter Sis, and Vera B. Williams are the first confirmed participants in the new ABFFE Author Auction (Click here for biographical info about authors in the ABFFE Author Auction).

    ABFFE Offers New Introductory Memberships

    What do you give the bookseller who has everything?

    Give her a front row seat in the fight for free speech by making her a member of ABFFE -- the bookseller's voice in the fight against censorship. ABFFE is now offering introductory memberships for $15 -- a 70 percent discount on the cost of an individual membership.

    Ban on Sophie's Choice Lifted Following Protest by ABFFE and Others

    A California school district has ordered a high school principal to return William Styron's novel Sophie's Choice to the shelves of the school library. La Mirada High School Principal Andrew Huynh had removed the acclaimed novel after a parent complained that the book contained sexual material that was inappropriate for minors.

    San Francisco Fundraiser for Tattered Cover Draws Big Crowd

    A crowd estimated at between 450 and 550 packed A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books in San Francisco on January 11 to raise funds to help pay the legal fees of Denver's Tattered Cover Book Store, which has challenged a court order requiring it to turn over information about a customer's book purchases. The event raised $10,000 for the bookstore.

    Iowa City Reads The Last Summer of Reason --City's Selection Resonates After Tragedy of 9/11

    Last spring, out of the masses of books energetically offered at BookExpo America 2001, Jim Harris, owner of Prairie Lights Books in Iowa City, Iowa, found himself compelled to pick up and read an advance copy of The Last Summer of Reason by Tahar Djaout (Ruminator), he recently told BTW.

    Tattered Cover's Good Fight

    This editorial was originally published December 12, 2001 in the Rocky Mountain News.

    THE ISSUE: State Supreme Court hears arguments on releasing bookstore records.

    OUR VIEW: They should remain private

    If you value your constitutional right to read what you please without worrying about government snooping, you owe a vote of thanks to the Tattered Cover bookstore for its spirited defense of its customers' privacy.

    Meskis Defending Our Freedom

    By Reggie Rivers
    Denver Post Columnist

    Thursday, December 13, 2001--It would have been far easier for Joyce Meskis, owner of the Tattered Cover Book Store, to give up the fight. It would have been cheaper and simpler to give the police access to the purchasing records of her customers. Everyone would have understood, and no one would have criticized her for giving the cops confirmation that their suspect did purchase two books on how to run a meth lab.

    Lemony Snicket Rallies Authors to Support the Tattered Cover

    ABFFE Offers New Introductory Memberships

    What do you give a bookseller who has everything?

    Give them a front-row seat in the fight for free speech by making them a member of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE)--the bookseller's voice in the fight against censorship. ABFFE is now offering introductory memberships for $15--a 70 percent discount on the cost of an individual membership.

    Tattered Cover Case Heard by Colorado Supreme Court

    On Wednesday, December 5, the Colorado Supreme Court heard arguments in the Tattered Cover Book Store's appeal to protect the privacy rights of bookstore customers. Law enforcement authorities have tried to obtain the Denver bookstore's records, asserting that they would assist in a case involving the manufacture of methamphetamines.

    Colorado Supreme Court to Hear Tattered Cover Case

    On December 5 at 8:30 a.m., the Colorado Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the Tattered Cover Book Store's appeal to protect the privacy rights of bookstore customers.

    Supreme Court Hears Argument in Cyberspace First Amendment Case

    On Wednesday, November 28, the question of free expression and First Amendment rights in cyberspace returned to the U.S. Supreme Court, as the justices heard oral arguments in Ashcroft v. ACLU, a case involving the government's second attempt to regulate access to material with sexual content on the Internet.

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