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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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08 May
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Hoboken Rallies Around Little City Books After Store’s Drag Queen Story Hour Met With Protest

Two individuals who identified themselves as part of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property protested the event at the Hoboken bookstore.

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01 May
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New “Counterspeak” Episode Available Now

In this episode, Deputy General Counsel for the New York Times David McCraw talks about the dangers of a discredited press and his “unfounded optimism” in spite of recent threats to press freedom.

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24 Apr
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April “Counterspeak” Episode Available for Download

The April episode of Counterspeak, the monthly podcast of the American Booksellers for Free Expression, is available for download on BookWeb, Spotify, and iTunes.

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10 Apr
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Banned Books Week Announces 2019 Theme

Banned Books Week 2019, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, will be held September 22-28. The theme of this year’s event is “Censorship Leaves Us in the Dark. Keep the Light On!” 

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09 Apr

ALA Announces Top 11 Challenged Books in 2018

The American Library Association has released its list of the books that were most frequently banned or challenged in schools or libraries in 2018.

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03 Apr
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New “Counterspeak” Episode Available Now

This installment features Columbia University President Lee Bollinger and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education’s Will Creeley.

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27 Mar

ABFE Criticizes Congressman for Challenging Amazon on Anti-Vaccine Titles

After Rep. Adam Schiff wrote to Jeff Bezos regarding anti-vaccine titles on Amazon, the American Booksellers for Free Expression defended the site's right to sell legally published materials some may find objectionable. 

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27 Mar

Trump Signs Executive Order on Campus Free Speech

The text of the executive order states that it empowers federal agencies to “take appropriate steps…to ensure institutions that receive Federal research or education grants promote free inquiry."

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27 Mar

“Counterspeak” Episode for March Features Translator Katherine Young

This episode of ABFE's new free speech podcast features an interview with Young, translator of Farewell, Aylis: A Non-Traditional Novel in Three Works by Akram Aylisli, which has been banned in Azerbaijan.

 
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19 Mar

ABFE Presents March Episode of “Counterspeak”

This episode features an interview with Katherine Young, translator of Farewell, Aylis: A Non-Traditional Novel in Three Works by Akram Aylisli, which has been banned in Azerbaijan.

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12 Mar
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March “Counterspeak” Episode Features Translator Katherine Young

Since the publication of his novella “Stone Dreams,” author Akram Aylisli has been subjected to a harassment campaign and he remains under de facto house arrest in Azerbaijan.

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06 Mar
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National Coalition Against Censorship Publishes “Defend LGBTQ Stories” Resource

The resource offers an overview of common arguments made by would-be censors and provides techniques for advocating for LGBTQ stories in local schools and communities.

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06 Mar
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New “Counterspeak” Episode Available Now

“On Author Akram Aylisli and Book Burning in Azerbaijan” features an interview with Katherine Young, translator of the banned book Farewell, Aylis: A Non-Traditional Novel in Three Works by Akram Aylisli.

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27 Feb
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Special Edition Episode of “Counterspeak” Features the Open Discussion Project

The episode features audio from the American Booksellers Association’s Winter Institute education session “Bookstores Launch the Open Discussion Project.” 

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