BTW Articles

14 Jun

Banned Books Week 2017 to Celebrate Everyone’s Freedom to Read

This year’s Banned Books Week, September 24–30, will celebrate the importance of the freedom to read for all Americans with the theme “Our Right to Read.”

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17 May

ABA Joins Campaign Supporting Federal Funding for Libraries

ABA has joined a campaign to urge Congress to continue federal support of America’s 120,000 public libraries. The campaign will be led by a new organization, the Corporate Committee for Library Investment.

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16 May

Free Speech on the BookExpo Agenda

The importance of defending freedom of speech will be discussed during BookExpo programs presented by American Booksellers for Free Expression and PEN America.

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17 May

First Amendment Attorney to Receive First Meskis Free Speech Award

ABA’s inaugural Joyce Meskis Free Speech Award will be presented to Michael A. Bamberger, the general counsel of Media Coalition, on May 31 during the Celebration of Bookselling at BookExpo.

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19 Apr

AAP to Honor Hong Kong Publisher Imprisoned in China

Attendees at the annual PEN America dinner on Tuesday, April 25, will pause to honor Gui Minhai, the Hong Kong publisher and bookseller who is being held without charge on the Chinese mainland.

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12 Apr

ALA Announces Top Ten Challenged Books in 2016

Books featuring LGBT characters occupied the first five positions on the American Library Association’s 2016 list of the books that were most frequently banned or challenged in schools or libraries.

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22 Mar

Square Books Creates Broadside Welcoming All

A year ago, Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi, posted a sign in its front window announcing its welcoming attitude toward everyone who might walk through its doors.

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08 Mar

Hong Kong Bookseller’s Daughter Seeks Help in Freeing Him

Angela Gui, the daughter of Hong Kong bookseller Gui Minhai, has been fighting a lonely battle to force Chinese authorities to release her father, who was kidnapped from his holiday home in Thailand in October 2015.

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02 Mar

ABA Supports Press Freedom

ABA has joined more than 80 book, free expression, and press organizations in expressing alarm at efforts by President Trump and his administration to demonize, marginalize, and undermine the media.

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22 Feb

Simon & Schuster Cancels Yiannopoulos Book

Simon & Schuster has announced the cancellation of its contract to publish Dangerous, a book by Milo Yiannopoulos.

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