Free Expression

27 Jun

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.”

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27 Jun

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.

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04 Jun

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.

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14 May
ABFE Free Speech Report

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.

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08 May

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.

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02 May

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.

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24 Apr
Maria Peroni

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.

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24 Apr

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.

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16 Apr

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.

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11 Apr

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.

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11 Apr

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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27 Mar
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ABA Ramps Up Efforts Urging Release of Bookseller Detained in China

Last month, Gui Minhai stated he wanted no help from any concerned nations or organizations, but many media outlets reported that it was likely his statement was coerced by the Chinese government.

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21 Feb
The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantú

Protesters Attempt to Shut Down Author Event at Green Apple

Protesters demanded that the bookstore cancel the scheduled in-store appearance of Francisco Cantú, a former Border Patrol officer who is promoting his debut memoir, The Line Becomes a River.

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21 Feb

NCAC’s Chris Finan Talks Free Speech at PubWest

At the annual PubWest conference, National Coalition Against Censorship Executive Director Chris Finan spoke to publishers about the current state of free speech in the U.S. 

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14 Feb

ABFE Urges State Department to Step Up Efforts to Free Chinese Bookseller

The American Booksellers for Free Expression asked the U.S. State Department to “redouble its efforts” on behalf of publisher/bookseller Gui Minhai, who has again been detained by Chinese authorities.

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