BTW Articles

06 Sep

Square Books Declares First Amendment Sales Tax Holiday

Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi, declared a new holiday at the end of summer: On August 27, the store held a one-day sale that it called a First Amendment Sales Tax Holiday.

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02 Sep

ABA Urges President Obama to Protest Turkish Censorship

On September 1, ABA joined American publishers, authors, and librarians in a letter urging President Obama to protest the widespread suppression of free speech in Turkey during his meeting with Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan in China.

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30 Aug

Ingram’s Banned Books Week Promotion Begins

This year’s Banned Books Week promotion from Ingram features an additional discount on more than 450 banned or challenged titles plus a Banned Books Week banner while supplies last.

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10 Aug

ABFE Protests Virginia School Censorship

American Booksellers for Free Expression has joined a protest against a Virginia school district’s decision to remove several books from its summer reading list after a parent complained that they are “pornographic.”

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10 Aug

Last Chance to Order Banned Books Week Display Kit

Time is running out for ABA bookstore members that want to receive the 2016 Banned Books Week display kit, distributed by American Booksellers for Free Expression.

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25 Jul

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.

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12 Jul

Banned in Boston: Mrs. Dennett Arrested

ABFE Director Chris Finan looks at an event that turned the tide against widespread book banning in late 1920s Boston.

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06 Jul

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.

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29 Jun

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.

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21 Jun

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.

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