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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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17 Sep

Special Banned Books Week “Counterspeak” Edition Drops September 19

During Banned Books Week, Penguin Random House will donate $1 to the American Booksellers for Free Expression for every book purchased and logged through the publisher’s Reader Rewards program.

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11 Sep

Special Banned Books Week “Counterspeak” Podcast to Drop Next Week

The episode will feature interviews with independent booksellers on their events and plans for the upcoming Banned Books Week.

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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 should keep an eye out for it in their August Box mailing.

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14 Aug

ABFE Free Speech Report: Antitrust and When Is a Private Company Not So Private Anymore

Here, ABA’s David Grogan looks at potential interference in the U.S. election process, recent efforts by the Kids’ Right to Read Project to halt censorship in school libraries, and more.

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07 Aug

New “Counterspeak” Episode Available Now

This episode of ABA’s free speech podcast features conversations with Jonathan Hamilt, co-founder of Drag Queen Story Hour, and Media Coalition Executive Director David Horowitz.

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03 Jul

New “Counterspeak” Episode Available Now

This episode of ABA’s free speech podcast features Barry Lynn, executive director of the Open Markets Institute, and National Coalition Against Censorship Executive Director Chris Finan.

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05 Jun

New Counterspeak Episode Available Now

In this episode, Joshua Clark Davis discusses his book, From Head Shops to Whole Foods: The Rise and Fall of Activist Entrepreneurs, which focuses on the role of small businesses in political movements in the 20th century.

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30 May

More Than 300 People Attend 2019 Silent Art Auction at BookExpo

As is the case every year, proceeds from the auction benefited the American Booksellers for Free Expression (ABFE) and Every Child a Reader. The event was sponsored by ABA, the Children’s Book Council, and HarperCollins Children’s Books.

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08 May

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

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

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

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

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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