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12 Jul

Free Expression Friday: Good Books Young Troublemakers, the YA Book Club Teaching Allyship

Tanvi Rastogi, former librarian and current bookseller at Dog-Eared Books of Ames, Iowa, is the founder of the Good Books Young Troublemakers book club. ABFE spoke with Tanvi about the book club, its origins, and its mission. 

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11 Jul
ABFE

This Week in Book Challenges

Here is an update on the latest book challenges for the week of July 11, 2024.

 

 

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05 Jul
ABFE

Free Expression Friday: The Bottom (Annastasia Williams)

Annastasia Williams is the Bookstore Director for The Bookshop at the Bottom in Knoxville, Tennessee. 

 

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10 May
ABFE

Free Expression Friday: Authors Against Book Bans (Maggie Tokuda-Hall)

Maggie Tokuda-Hall is an acclaimed author of children's and YA books such as The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea and The Worst Ronin. She is also a founding member and on the national leadership team of Authors Against Book Bans.

 

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08 May
ABFE

This Week in Book Challenges

Here is an update on the latest book challenges for the weeks of May 1st and May 8th, 2024.

 

 

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03 May
ABFE

Free Expression Friday: Tara Lipsyncki, Mosaics Community Bookstore and Venue

Tara Lipsyncki (they/them) is a drag performer, owner of Mosaics Community Bookstore and Venue in Provo, Utah, and director of the United Drag Alliance nonprofit. In April 2024, they received a bomb threat to their store in response to their Drag Story Hour programming, the most recent of many threats they’ve received and part of a major uptick in threatening content.

 

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25 Apr
ABFE

ABFE and Allies File Amicus Brief Opposing Iowa Book Bans

ABFE and a coalition of allied organizations have filed an amicus brief in the Eight Circuit Appellate Court in support of two lawsuits challenging Iowa's book ban law on constitutional grounds: PRH et al. v. Robbins and GLBT Youth et al. v. Reynolds.

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19 Apr
ABFE

Free Expression Friday x Independent Bookstore Day: Lauren Groff's The Lynx

 Lauren Groff is the author of The Vaster Wilds, Matrix, Florida, and others. She is also the owner of the indie bookstore The Lynx, which will have its grand opening in Gainesville, Florida, on April 28 (but will be open on April 27 for Independent Bookstore Day). Earlier this week, she was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2024.

 

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12 Apr
ABFE

Free Expression Friday: Texas Freedom to Read Project (Laney Hawes)

Laney Hawes is a Texas parent and a co-founder of the Texas Freedom to Read Project.

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05 Apr
ABFE

Free Expression Friday: Second Star to the Right

Dea Lavoie is the owner of Second Star to the Right Books in Denver, CO and a founder of the nonprofit book access organization Books to Kids. Sophie Nogar is the Store Manager and Event Coordinator for Second Star and an organizer of the Gay It Forward program, among many others.

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