Free Expression

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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17 May

First Amendment Attorney to Receive First Meskis Free Speech Award

ABA’s inaugural Joyce Meskis Free Speech Award will be presented to Michael A. Bamberger, the general counsel of Media Coalition, on May 31 during the Celebration of Bookselling at BookExpo.

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16 May

Free Speech on the BookExpo Agenda

The importance of defending freedom of speech will be discussed during BookExpo programs presented by American Booksellers for Free Expression and PEN America.

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09 May

ABA to Present Four Education Sessions at BookExpo 2017

ABA education at BookExpo 2017 will feature sessions on hiring for diversity, selling controversial books, and migrating to Edelweiss+, as well as a session for authors interested in working with indies.

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03 May

Macmillan CEO John Sargent on the Importance of Defending Free Speech

In his remarks at the April 25th PEN Literary Gala, PEN Publisher Honoree John Sargent spoke about the importance of defending free speech.

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26 Apr

Audrey Eisman, Former ABFFE Coordinator, Dies

Audrey Eisman, the former coordinator of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, died on Sunday, April 23, following a long illness. She was 79.

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19 Apr

AAP to Honor Hong Kong Publisher Imprisoned in China

Attendees at the annual PEN America dinner on Tuesday, April 25, will pause to honor Gui Minhai, the Hong Kong publisher and bookseller who is being held without charge on the Chinese mainland.

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12 Apr

ALA Announces Top Ten Challenged Books in 2016

Books featuring LGBT characters occupied the first five positions on the American Library Association’s 2016 list of the books that were most frequently banned or challenged in schools or libraries.

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22 Mar

Square Books Creates Broadside Welcoming All

A year ago, Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi, posted a sign in its front window announcing its welcoming attitude toward everyone who might walk through its doors.

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08 Mar

Hong Kong Bookseller’s Daughter Seeks Help in Freeing Him

Angela Gui, the daughter of Hong Kong bookseller Gui Minhai, has been fighting a lonely battle to force Chinese authorities to release her father, who was kidnapped from his holiday home in Thailand in October 2015.

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02 Mar

ABA Supports Press Freedom

ABA has joined more than 80 book, free expression, and press organizations in expressing alarm at efforts by President Trump and his administration to demonize, marginalize, and undermine the media.

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22 Feb

BTW News Briefs

Follett names COO; Children’s Book Week expands staff; PEN World Voices Festival to focus on gender and power; PEN America Literary Award winners and Nebula, Norton, and Bradbury nominees announced

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22 Feb

Simon & Schuster Cancels Yiannopoulos Book

Simon & Schuster has announced the cancellation of its contract to publish Dangerous, a book by Milo Yiannopoulos.

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21 Feb

Trump Appointees Will Shape Free Speech

ABFE Director Chris Finan offers his thoughts on how two of President Trump’s appointees — Jeff Sessions and Neil M. Gorsuch — could significantly affect the exercise of First Amendment freedoms.

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18 Jan

Using What We Have: A Conversation Regarding Simon & Schuster and Milo Y.

Amy Stephenson and Christin Evans of The Booksmith explain why the store felt compelled to take action in response to Simon & Schuster’s decision to publish a book by Milo Yiannopoulos.

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