Free Expression

05 Feb

ABA Promotes David Grogan to Director of ABFE, Advocacy and Public Policy

ABA’s David Grogan has been promoted to Director of ABFE, Advocacy and Public Policy, integrating the operation of the American Booksellers for Free Expression and ABA's advocacy work. 

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31 Jan
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U.S. State Department Calls on China to Free Missing Bookseller

The U.S. State Department has called on Chinese authorities to free Gui Minhai, a Chinese-born Swedish national and bookseller who was abducted by Chinese agents while traveling by train to Beijing.

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10 Jan
Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff

Trump’s Attempt to Halt Publication of Fire and Fury Sparks Condemnations, Spurs Sales

The American Booksellers Association issued a statement calling the demand a “dangerous precedent” and strongly defended publisher Henry Holt & Co., which released the book early, on January 5.

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08 Nov

Polls Reveal Public’s Shrinking Support for First Amendment Rights

Washington Post reporter James Hohmann’s recent blog post cites polls conducted since Donald Trump became president that show eroding public support for the First Amendment.

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25 Oct

Revolution Books Stands Up to the Alt-Right

Revolution Books in Berkeley, California, has been standing strong in the face of attacks by alt-right activists attempting to intimidate the store’s customers and staff.

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02 Oct

Booksellers Mark Banned Books Week With Parties, Giveaways & More

From September 24 to 30, indie booksellers across the country celebrated Banned Books Week and this year’s theme, “Our Right to Read.”

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12 Sep

Booksellers Fête Free Speech for Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week is September 24 to 30, and booksellers across the country are readying displays, events, promotions, and social media campaigns designed to spark debate and reflection about the nature of censorship and the rights of citizens to select their own books.

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24 Aug

Ingram’s Banned Books Week Promotion Begins August 31

This year’s Banned Books Week promotion from Ingram features an additional discount on more than 450 banned or challenged titles.

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07 Aug

Last Chance to Order Banned Books Week Display Kit

Time is running out for ABA bookstore members that want to receive the 2017 Banned Books Week display kit.

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19 Jul

BTW News Briefs

Dana Canedy named administrator of Pulitzer Prizes; Indigo Books & Music may expand to U.S.; Status of Affordable Care Act repeal vote uncertain; Celadon Books to launch; Staff changes at S&S Books for Young Readers, Harvard University Press, The Feminist Press; Hugh M. Hefner Foundation award winners, Center for Fiction First Novel Prize longlist, International Thriller Writers’ award winners announced; Little Free Library wins WNBA’s Second Century Prize

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07 Jul

Joyce Meskis and the Fight for First Amendment Rights: A Look Back

As Tattered Cover Book Store owner Joyce Meskis enters retirement, ABFE Director Chris Finan reflects on how she has defended the First Amendment rights of readers and booksellers over the decades.

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21 Jun

ABFE Director Chris Finan to Leave ABA

American Booksellers for Free Expression Director Chris Finan is leaving the American Booksellers Association to become the National Coalition Against Censorship’s new executive director.

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14 Jun

Banned Books Week 2017 to Celebrate Everyone’s Freedom to Read

This year’s Banned Books Week, September 24–30, will celebrate the importance of the freedom to read for all Americans with the theme “Our Right to Read.”

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24 May

Mike Bamberger, Free Speech Defender

ABFE Director Chris Finan looks back at some of the many cases in which Michael Bamberger, general counsel of Media Coalition and the first recipient of the Joyce Meskis Free Speech Award, has defended the free speech rights of booksellers.

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17 May

ABA Joins Campaign Supporting Federal Funding for Libraries

ABA has joined a campaign to urge Congress to continue federal support of America’s 120,000 public libraries. The campaign will be led by a new organization, the Corporate Committee for Library Investment.

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