Free Expression

04 Jan

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.

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07 Nov

Cellar Door Books’ Drag Queen Story Hour Met With Anti-LGBTQ Protester

These events “are critical opportunities to celebrate our common humanity, erasing fear and hatred — and we must continue them no matter who tries to shout us down,” said Cellar Door’s Linda Sherman-Nurick.

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07 Nov
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Free Speech Still a Thing at Indie Bookstores

“Every day my e-mail inbox is filled to the brim with stories on attempts to censor,” writes ABFE Director David Grogan, but “independent bookstores remain a bastion of free expression and diversity.”

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24 Oct
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ABA Advocacy Staff Visit Washington, D.C.

Dave Grogan and Maria Peroni met with free expression organizations and discussed antitrust enforcement and the implementation of economic nexus laws with key legislators.

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03 Oct

Booksellers Celebrate Banned Books Week 2018

Store windows and booksellers’ social media pages were decked with displays promoting Banned Books Week.

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19 Sep

Get Ready for Banned Books Week 2018 With New Handbook

The new Celebrate Banned Books Week Handbook will help booksellers prepare for the weeklong celebration, which kicks off this Sunday, September 23.

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11 Sep

Register and Promote Your Banned Books Week Event

Booksellers can register planned Banned Books Week events and celebrations to appear on a map that will help readers find their local participating store.

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10 Sep
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President Trump Criticizes Right to Protest

Last Tuesday, September 4, President Trump suggested that allowing people to protest at hearings for a Supreme Court nominee is “embarrassing for the country.”

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05 Sep

“Banned Spotlight” Highlights Stories of Censorship

The first Spotlight features I Am Jazz, Jazz Jennings’ autobiographical picture book in which she shares her experience as a transgender child.

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05 Sep

Trump Administration Considering Regulating Google Searches

On August 28, President Trump published a series of tweets expressing his belief that Google is “rigged” to suppress conservative views.

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05 Sep
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New Yorker Festival Cancels Bannon Event After Backlash

The New Yorker Festival’s decision to schedule an interview between Steve Bannon and New Yorker editor David Remnick was denounced by Roxane Gay, Jessica Valenti, Patton Oswalt, and more.

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04 Sep
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WAMC Radio Program Features ABA CEO Oren Teicher and Bookseller Chris Morrow

On The Roundtable, Teicher and Morrow discussed bookstores as presenting an opportunity to bring a diverse community together in a divided political climate.

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28 Aug
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The Regulator Bookshop Defaced With White Supremacist Graffiti

Co-owner Elliot Berger said he believed the store was targeted due to its reputation as a communist bookstore, despite the fact that it sells books from various viewpoints.

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21 Aug

Banned Books Week Kits Arrive in Bookstores

Indie booksellers that ordered a Banned Books Week promotion kit from the American Booksellers Association will receive their kits in the August Red Box, on its way to stores now.

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21 Aug

Trump Campaign Demands that Simon & Schuster Cease and Desist

A letter from President Trump’s legal counsel claims that Omarosa Manigault Newman’s Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House contains “confidential information and disparaging statements.”

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