Free Expression

03 Jun

Senate Passes USA FREEDOM Act by 67–32 Vote

The U.S. Senate approved the USA FREEDOM Act (H.R. 2048) by a vote of 67–32 on Tuesday, June 2. The bill had already passed the U.S. House of Representatives by an overwhelming vote.

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02 Jun

Children’s Book Art Auction Underway on eBay

The American Booksellers for Free Expression’s online auction of more than 50 works of art created by children’s book illustrators is open on eBay through Monday, June 8.

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28 May

Senate Struggles to Extend PATRIOT Act

The U.S. Senate is deadlocked over proposed changes in the USA PATRIOT Act. It must pass legislation extending several sections of the law before midnight on Sunday, May 31, or they will expire, forcing the government to shut down surveillance programs that it says it needs to protect the country from terrorism.

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21 May

BTW News Briefs

Bookseller essays sought for new series; Children’s Book Council to receive BEA’s Industry Ambassador Award; PEN to stage “Shadow Expo” during BEA to shed light on Chinese censorship; Los Angeles preliminarily approves $15 minimum wage 

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21 May

Booksellers Play Key Role in Reader Privacy Fight

With a Senate vote on the FREEDOM Act expected soon, ABFE Director Chris Finan takes the opportunity to look back at how the fight for reader privacy began 17 years ago, when subpoenas for a customer’s records were issued to two Washington, D.C., bookstores.

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21 May

Senate Vote Due on USA FREEDOM Act

Key sections of the USA PATRIOT Act are set to expire on June 1. The U.S. House has overwhelmingly approved the FREEDOM Act, which extends the expiring sections but includes protections for the privacy of personal information. However, there may not be enough votes to pass this new legislation in the Senate.

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14 May

Call Your Senators Today to Support the USA FREEDOM Act

The House has passed the USA FREEDOM Act, a bill that creates important safeguards for the privacy of personal information of Americans, including their bookstore and library records. A vote in the Senate is expected next week, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising to defeat the bill.

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14 May

Children’s Book Art Auction Adds 14 Illustrators, Calls for Volunteers

Artwork by more than 125 artists and illustrators will be up for bidding at the May 26 ABFE Art Auction to Benefit Free Speech in Children’s Books. Tickets for the event are on sale now, and ABFE is seeking volunteers from the bookselling and publishing world to help out at the auction.

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08 May

Booksellers Urged to Voice Support for Patriot Act Reform

In a letter sent on May 8, ABA called on its members to contact their representatives in the U.S. House to show their support for the USA FREEDOM Act, which limits the scope of data collected under the Patriot Act. The letter also urged booksellers to contact their senators to voice their opposition to S. 1035, a bill that reauthorizes Section 215 without any changes.

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06 May

Small Press Profile: A Conversation With Dennis Loy Johnson of Melville House Books

The second in Bookselling This Week’s series of small press profiles features a conversation with Dennis Loy Johnson, publisher and co-founder of the Brooklyn-based independent publisher Melville House Books.

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06 May

Judy Blume Discusses Censorship

Judy Blume, this year’s ABFE Art Auction honoree, talks about fighting back against censorship and the surprise she felt the first time one of her books was challenged.

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01 May

ABFE Update: New Hope for PATRIOT Act Reform

The American Booksellers for Free Expression is strongly supporting the FREEDOM Act, which would make significant changes to the PATRIOT Act.

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30 Apr

BTW News Briefs

Court strikes down ban on prisoner speech; National Endowment for Humanities announces new grant; 2015 Edgar winners announced; Lambda Literary selects Emerging Writer Award winners; James Beard Foundation names award winners; Booksellers on judges panel for 2015 Kirkus Prize; Nevada writers win Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award; President of HarperCollins Children's Books to retire 

 
 
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30 Apr

Booksellers Reaffirm Support for Charlie Hebdo

The American Booksellers for Free Expression has joined the National Coalition Against Censorship, the Association of American Publishers, and others in reaffirming their support for Charlie Hebdo. In recent days, prominent American literary figures have criticized the French satirical magazine for cartoons that they believe are anti-Muslim.

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30 Apr

112 Artists Donate Works to 21st Children’s Book Art Auction & Reception

To date, 112 artists and illustrators have donated artwork for the 21st Annual Children’s Book Art Auction and Reception, to be held in conjunction with BEA 2015. Tickets for the May 26 event are on sale now.

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