ABA Condemns President Trump’s Demand to Halt Publication of Wolff Book

    Lawyers for President Trump are demanding that publisher Henry Holt “cease and desist” from the publication of a new book by Michael Wolff about the president. The publisher has announced it will publish on January 5, and ABA CEO Oren Teicher has issued a statement calling the demand a “dangerous precedent” and strongly defending the publisher.

    New Banned Books Week Resources Available

    The Banned Books Week Coalition has created new resources to help booksellers promote this year’s annual celebration of the freedom to read, to be held September 23–29.

    ABFE, Free Expression Organizations Condemn White House’s Attack on Press Freedom

    The groups sent a letter to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders concerning reports that the White House had barred CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins from covering a press event on July 25.

    Start Planning for Banned Books Week 2018

    The Banned Books Week Coalition is offering new tools and resources to help booksellers prepare for this year’s celebration of the freedom to read, to be held September 23–29. 

    Facebook’s New Political Ad Policy Ends Up Censoring Bookstore’s Author Event Ads

    A Room of One’s Own Bookstore requested to boost Facebook posts to promote two author events only to find that they were rejected on the basis of what Facebook characterized as their “political nature.”

    2018 Silent Art Auction Proceeds Total More Than $26,000

    The 2018 Silent Art Auction to benefit ABFE and Every Child a Reader was once again a success at this year’s BookExpo, with more than 300 attendees and net proceeds of over $26,000.

    Last Chance to Order Banned Books Week Kits Before June 7 Deadline

    ABA bookstore members must sign up before June 7 to receive a 2018 Banned Books Week promotion kit, which includes bookmarks, stickers, counter cards, caution tape, and more.

    ABFE Free Speech Report

    “Every day, attempts to hinder or to outright ban our right to free expression continue at an alarming pace in this country and around the globe. And in many ways, it is a death by a thousand paper cuts,” writes ABFE Director David Grogan.

    Meet Representatives From ABFE, Media Coalition, and 2020 Vision USA at BookExpo

    Booksellers can visit Booth 2862 to meet Dave Grogan, Director of ABFE, Advocacy, and Public Policy; 2020 Vision USA President Denise Foster; and Media Coalition Executive Director David Horowitz.

    Opt in to Receive a Banned Books Week Kit

    Free Banned Books Week promotion kits are now available to order via a form on BookWeb.

    Introducing Maria Peroni, ABA Advocacy and Public Policy Coordinator

    “I believe working in the interests of independent booksellers is inherently working in the interest of free expression,” said Peroni, who joined the ABFE, advocacy, and public policy team this month.

    Sign Up Now to Receive a Banned Books Week Kit

    Bookstore members should fill out the form on BookWeb if they wish to receive a Banned Books Week promotion kit, which includes bookmarks, stickers, counter cards, caution tape, and more.

    Free Expression Groups Express Concern Over FOSTA

    The “Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act” (FOSTA) authorizes prosecutors to target websites that host sex trafficking advertisements and creates new civil liability for the sites.

    ALA Announces Top Ten Challenged Books in 2017

    The American Library Association has released its list of the books that were most frequently banned or challenged in schools or libraries in 2017.

    Banned Books Week Announces 2018 Theme

    The 2018 theme, “Banning Books Silences Stories,” serves as a reminder that everyone needs to speak out against censorship. 


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