BTW Articles

17 Jun

American Booksellers, Publishers, and Librarians Praise Hong Kong Bookseller

ABA, AAP, and ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom have praised a Hong Kong bookseller for revealing details of his illegal imprisonment by Chinese authorities and for refusing to identify customers in China who purchased books critical of Chinese officials.

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14 Jun

Author “Disinvited” by Vermont Elementary School

A speaking appearance by author Kate Messner was cancelled by a Vermont elementary school on June 6 because school officials feared that discussion of her new book, which includes a character who is a heroin addict, might anger parents.

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01 Jun

Rhett Jackson, the Happy Bookseller

ABFE Director Chris Finan looks back at the life of Rhett Jackson, a much-honored Southern gentleman who confounded people's expectations and always stood up for civil rights and First Amendment issues.

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01 Jun

ABFE Supports Doctor Sued for Criticizing “Quack Clinic”

ABFE has joined the Association of American Publishers and other groups in filing a friend of the court brief in a lawsuit that could have a potentially crippling effect on the public debate of important subjects.

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02 May

Booksellers Win Ruling Against Louisiana Internet Restriction

Two New Orleans bookstores have won an important battle in their challenge to a Louisiana law that would require them to verify the age of visitors to their store websites.

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25 Apr

Protesters Picket Author Appearance at Porter Square Books

Cambridge, Massachusetts, bookstore owner David Sandberg met protestors at an April 19 author appearance with sympathy and respect and a statement that explained why it was important for the event to go on as planned.

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05 Apr

Virginia Governor Vetoes Bill Restricting Student Access to Books

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed a bill that free speech groups feared would have a chilling effect on the selection of books taught in the state’s public schools. In March, ABFE joined a letter urging McAuliffe to veto House Bill 516.

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08 Mar

Two Hong Kong Booksellers Released

Two of the five Hong Kong booksellers who were taken into custody last year by Chinese authorities have returned home, according to Hong Kong police.

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08 Mar

ABFE Urges Veto of Virginia Bill Restricting Student Access to Books

American Booksellers for Free Expression has joined other free speech groups in urging Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to veto a bill that they fear will have a chilling effect on the selection of books that are taught in the state’s public schools.

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24 Feb

ABFE Joins Protest Over Miami Play Cancellation

American Booksellers for Free Expression has joined a statement protesting a decision by the Miami Jewish Community Center to cancel a play after only four performances because of complaints that it is critical of Israel.

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