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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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07 Oct

Booksellers Celebrate Banned Books Week 2020

In the midst of a global pandemic for the many bookstores participating across the country, Banned Books Week looked a little different from previous years.

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30 Sep
Banned Books Week 2020: Censorship is a Dead End

Banned Books Week Underway

There is still time to celebrate with the entire book community before the week comes to an end on October 3.

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23 Sep

Banned Books Week Begins Sunday: Share Your Plans

Whether stores are hosting virtual events or planning in-store displays and festivities, ABA wants to know.

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15 Sep
Banned Books Week 2020: Censorship is a Dead End

Banned Books Week 2020: Everything You Need to Know

This year’s event, to be held September 27 to October 3, features the theme “Censorship Is a Dead End.”

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08 Sep
Banned Books Week 2020: Censorship is a Dead End

Prepare for Banned Books Week with Ingram Discounts and Virtual Programming Ideas

Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read, will be held September 27 to October 3 and will feature the theme “Censorship Is a Dead End.”

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19 Aug
Banned Books Week 2020: Censorship is a Dead End

Banned Book Week 2020: Promotional Kits, Ingram Discount, and Virtual Programming Ideas

Bookstores that received a Banned Books Week promotional kit from ABA last year will receive the 2020 kit in the September Box mailing. 

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23 Jun

Judge Denies Trump Administration’s Request to Halt Publication of Bolton Book

Following Judge Royce Lamberth’s ruling, Bolton’s book was published on Tuesday, June 23. Prior to that, more than 200,000 copies of the memoir had already been circulated. 

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10 Jun

ABFE Signs Statement Supporting Free Press in a Time of Crisis

“It is important to recognize the courage of the journalists who are under attack as they cover the national protest against police violence and racial inequality,” the letter states.

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03 Jun
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Trump Signs Executive Order Targeting Social Media Companies

The executive order came two days after Twitter placed fact-checks on two of Trump’s tweets about mail-in ballots.

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27 May

Alaska School Board Votes to Rescind Book Removal

The board meeting drew members of the community protesting outside and holding signs saying, “I read banned books.”

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13 May
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Privacy and Free Speech During COVID-19

Government attempts to mitigate the effects of the pandemic and public fears stemming from COVID-19 have the potential to impact privacy rights. 

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06 May

Free Speech Groups Condemn Alaska School Board’s Book Ban

The National Coalition Against Censorship called the school board’s decision “educationally misguided, disrespectful of teachers’ educational competence, and legally questionable.”

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21 Apr

2020 Banned Books Week Theme Announced

Banned Books Week, which promotes the right to read, will be held September 27–October 3 and feature the theme “Censorship Is a Dead End.”

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21 Apr

ABFE Responds to Raleigh Police Tweet That Protest Is Non-Essential Activity

More than 30 groups condemned an April 14 tweet posted by the Raleigh, North Carolina, police department that declared: “Protesting is a non-essential activity.”

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Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.



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