Free Expression

    Children’s Book Art Auction Adds 14 Illustrators, Calls for Volunteers

    Artwork by more than 125 artists and illustrators will be up for bidding at the May 26 ABFE Art Auction to Benefit Free Speech in Children’s Books. Tickets for the event are on sale now, and ABFE is seeking volunteers from the bookselling and publishing world to help out at the auction.

    Booksellers Urged to Voice Support for Patriot Act Reform

    In a letter sent on May 8, ABA called on its members to contact their representatives in the U.S. House to show their support for the USA FREEDOM Act, which limits the scope of data collected under the Patriot Act. The letter also urged booksellers to contact their senators to voice their opposition to S. 1035, a bill that reauthorizes Section 215 without any changes.

    Small Press Profile: A Conversation With Dennis Loy Johnson of Melville House Books

    The second in Bookselling This Week’s series of small press profiles features a conversation with Dennis Loy Johnson, publisher and co-founder of the Brooklyn-based independent publisher Melville House Books.

    Judy Blume Discusses Censorship

    Judy Blume, this year’s ABFE Art Auction honoree, talks about fighting back against censorship and the surprise she felt the first time one of her books was challenged.

    ABFE Update: New Hope for PATRIOT Act Reform

    The American Booksellers for Free Expression is strongly supporting the FREEDOM Act, which would make significant changes to the PATRIOT Act.

    BTW News Briefs

    Court strikes down ban on prisoner speech; National Endowment for Humanities announces new grant; 2015 Edgar winners announced; Lambda Literary selects Emerging Writer Award winners; James Beard Foundation names award winners; Booksellers on judges panel for 2015 Kirkus Prize; Nevada writers win Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award; President of HarperCollins Children's Books to retire 


    Booksellers Reaffirm Support for Charlie Hebdo

    The American Booksellers for Free Expression has joined the National Coalition Against Censorship, the Association of American Publishers, and others in reaffirming their support for Charlie Hebdo. In recent days, prominent American literary figures have criticized the French satirical magazine for cartoons that they believe are anti-Muslim.

    112 Artists Donate Works to 21st Children’s Book Art Auction & Reception

    To date, 112 artists and illustrators have donated artwork for the 21st Annual Children’s Book Art Auction and Reception, to be held in conjunction with BEA 2015. Tickets for the May 26 event are on sale now.

    Banned Books Week to Feature YA Titles

    The success of Young Adult books has a lot of people celebrating, but it has outraged others. To draw attention to the growing number of challenges to YA titles, the sponsors of Banned Books Week have chosen to make YA books the focus of this year’s celebration.

    Children’s Art Auction: Tickets on Sale Now, Special Student Price Added

    Tickets are on sale now for the Annual Children’s Book Art Auction and Reception at BEA. The event, which this year honors author Judy Blume, will auction off hundreds of works of art donated by some of the top artists and illustrators working in the book industry today.

    BTW News Briefs

    CBC and WNDB partner on internship program; GLIBA, MIBA bestseller lists debut; Shortlists announced for 2015 PEN Literary Awards; SIBA Book Award finalists announced; ALA releases list of most frequently challenged books of 2014; S&S’s Wendy Sheanin promoted; New Zealand booksellers and retailers launch eFairness campaign

    Free Speech: A Great Book About Torture

    Chris Finan, director of the American Booksellers for Free Expression, shares his own thoughts and opinions on the book Guantanamo Diary and the important debate it can stir about whether torture is ever justified.

    Comedian John Oliver Joins Critics of Patriot Act

    The June 1 deadline for reauthorizing the Patriot Act got a lot of attention last Sunday night when comedian John Oliver, the host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, extended his show to accommodate a 33-minute discussion of the law that included an interview with National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.

    BTW News Briefs

    PEN to honor Charlie Hebdo staff, Penguin Random House CEO, and Tom Stoppard; James Beard Foundation announces Book Award nominees; Diversity, free speech discussed at Annual Meeting of Association of American Publishers; Winners of 2015 Pinckley Prize for Crime Fiction announced; Ingram Publisher Services adds five new clients

    Perks of Being a Wallflower Banned After Parent Complains

    A complaint from a parent in Wallingford, Connecticut, has prompted the district’s superintendent of schools to remove Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower from the required reading list for high school freshmen.


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