Free Expression

13 Oct

Banned Books Read-Out and Auction Are Big Hits

 The 29th annual celebration of Banned Books Week set a record for the number of readings from banned books and brought a successful conclusion to a three-week auction of children’s art by the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression.

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29 Sep

BTW News Briefs

ABFFE honored; Health care law headed to Supreme Court; Amazon unveils tablet; Lee and Rideau win Dayton Literary Peace Prizes; Before Columbus Foundation names American Book Award winners

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22 Sep

Banned Books Week Auction Enters Final Week

With the start of Banned Books Week on Saturday, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression’s auction of original children’s book art will enter its final week on eBay.

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15 Sep

Virtual Read-Out of Banned Books Begins

Readers across the U.S. and around the world are demonstrating their support for free speech by participating in a virtual read-out of banned and challenged books that culminates in the 30th annual celebration of Banned Books Week, from September 24 – October 1.

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08 Sep

Online Auction of Children’s Book Art Underway to Support Free Speech

On Friday, September 9, ABFFE launched a three-week online auction on eBay, featuring more than 70 works of art by leading children’s book  illustrators, including Peter Brown, Susan Jeffers, Wendell Minor, Adam Rex, and Paul O. Zelinsky.

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01 Sep

Bookstores Sign On for Internet Read-Out of Banned Books

Booksellers around the country are responding enthusiastically to the Internet Read-Out that is the focus of this year’s Banned Books Week, September 24 - October 1. Bookstores of all sizes are planning events where they’ll create videos of customers reading from their favorite banned books.

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17 Aug

ABFFE Releases Tools for Banned Books Week Internet Read-Out

The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression has released tools to help booksellers participate in the Internet Read-Out that will occur during Banned Books Week, from September 24 - October 1.

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26 Jul

Bookstores to Join Internet Read-Out of Banned Books

Booksellers and their customers can proclaim their support for free speech by joining a worldwide read-out of banned and challenged books on the Internet during this year’s Banned Books Week, from September 24 - October 1.

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20 Jul

Banned Books Week to Feature Virtual Read-Out

This year, for the first time, readers from around the world will be able to participate virtually in Banned Books Week. During the September 24 – October 1 celebration, readers will be able to proclaim the virtues of their favorite banned books by posting videos of themselves reading excerpts to a dedicated YouTube channel.

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05 Jul

Court Protects Free Speech in Alaska

The Federal District Court in Anchorage, Alaska, has permanently barred enforcement of an Alaska statute that violates the First Amendment right of free speech, saying it threatened to reduce all speech on the Internet “to only what is fit for children.”

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27 Jun

Supreme Court Strikes Down Censorship Law

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a California law banning video games with violent themes and images, saying that the state’s attempt to create a new category of First Amendment regulation for minors was “unprecedented and mistaken.” 

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22 Jun

ABFFE’s Finan to Be Honored This Weekend

ABFFE President Chris Finan will receive the 2011 Freedom to Read Foundation Roll of Honor Award at the American Library Association’s national conference in New Orleans on Friday, June 25.

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02 Jun

Pushing Back in the Face of Censorship

At a lively and thought-provoking BookExpo America panel, two bestselling authors and two nationally noted free speech advocates presented an overview and a frontline account of the tactics and trends of contemporary book banning.

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31 May

Congress Fails to Protect Reader Privacy

ABA and other members of the Campaign for Reader Privacy expressed disappointment at last week’s decision by Congress to reauthorize expiring provisions of the USA Patriot Act without restoring safeguards to protect the privacy of bookstore and library records.

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25 May

ABFFE’s Finan Receives Freedom to Read Foundation Award

Chris Finan, president of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, long-time member of the Media Coalition, and member and chair of the Board of the National Coalition Against Censorship, has been named the recipient of the American Library Association’s 2011 Freedom to Read Foundation  Roll of Honor Award.

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