Free Expression

13 Sep

Read-Out of Banned Books Begins

Individuals, bookstores, and libraries are demonstrating their support for free speech by uploading three-minute videos — either a reading from a challenged book or a description of a local censorship fight — to a special channel on YouTube as part of this month’s 30th anniversary celebration of Banned Books Week.

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06 Sep

ABFFE Urges Support for 30th Banned Books Week

The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression has issued a final call for support of the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week, September 30 - October 6.

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23 Aug

Video Urges Stores to Join Banned Books Read-Out

ABFFE has released a new video urging bookstores to join the national read-out from banned books that will be featured on YouTube during Banned Books Week, from September 30 to October 6.

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23 Aug

Bookstore Trouble Comes Out of the Blue

Trouble often arrives out of a clear blue sky, even during the lazy days of August. For three booksellers, trouble recently arrived in the form of First Amendent emergencies. ABFFE President Chris Finan explains how each dealt with the unexpected.

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14 Aug

ABFFE Provides Tools for Banned Books Week

The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression is providing a variety of tools for booksellers who want to join in the celebration of the freedom to read during Banned Books Week, from September 30 - October 6.

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25 Jul

Artwork Sought for Banned Books Week Online Auction

ABFFE is seeking donations of original children’s art for an online auction that will be conducted during this year’s celebration of Banned Books Week, from September 30 - October 6.

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18 Jul

ABFFE to Help Stores Shoot Banned Books Videos

The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression wants to help booksellers participate in the Internet read-out that will be the centerpiece of this year’s Banned Books Week, from September 29 - October 6.

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28 Jun

Free Speech Groups Applaud Supreme Court’s Rejection of “Stolen Valor” Act

The Supreme Court today held that the Stolen Valor Act, a federal law that makes it a crime to lie about having received military honors, violates the free speech protections of the First Amendment.

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20 Jun

Auction Raises Thousands to Support Free Speech Rights of Kids

The June 6 Children’s Art Auction and Reception at BEA, which was attended by more than 300 booksellers, publishers, and artists, raised nearly $30,000 to defend the free speech rights of young readers.

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14 Jun

BTW News Briefs

McIntosh named Random House COO; Attorney Michael Bamberger honored; Follett to manage SFSU Bookstore; MPIBA announces award winners

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31 May

Original Children’s Art to Be Raffled at BEA

Lovers of original children’s art who cannot attend the Children’s Art Auction and Reception on Wednesday evening at BEA will still have an opportunity to win one of 11 pieces to be raffled during the auction, including works by Bruce Degen, Chris Raschka, and Mo Willems.

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23 May

Max and Ruby to Headline Children’s Art Auction

One of the highlights of the Children’s Art Auction and Reception on the evening of June 6 at BEA will be the live auction of five double-spread pages from the dummy photographed for Rosemary Wells’ forthcoming Max & Ruby’s Treasure Hunt.

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23 May

Federal Court in Utah Protects Free Speech on the Internet

In a ruling last week in Utah, U.S. District Judge Dee Benson held that people cannot be prosecuted for posting constitutionally protected content for adults on generally accessible websites and are not required by law to label such content that they do post.

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15 May

BTW News Briefs

Judge denies motion to dismiss e-book class action suit; Indie bookstore to open in Kent, Ohio; Lambda Literary names Mid-Career Novelist Prize winners; Kids Right to Read Project opposes removal of John Green novel; NEIBA arrives at new home; NAIBA names Helmuth Sales Rep of the Year

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