Free Expression

01 Sep

Banned Books Week Celebration Grows at Literary Life

Inspired by last year’s positive response to its Banned Books Week display, Michigan’s Literary Life Bookstore & More has expanded plans for this year’s September 25 - October 2 celebration of the freedom to read.

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31 Aug

Alaska Booksellers Sue to Block Censorship Law

A coalition of organizations and Alaska booksellers, including Fireside Books of Palmer and Title Wave Books of Anchorage, filed suit on Tuesday, August 31, to block a broad censorship law that bans constitutionally protected speech on the Internet.

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31 Aug

Take a Chance: Win a Trip to Cayman Islands Writers Conference

Want to learn what it takes to be a successful writer in today’s highly competitive marketplace? Learn from leading  authors and publishing industry veterans at the FIU/Books & Books International Writers Conference in the Cayman Islands. On September 10,  ABFFE will raffle off a trip that includes hotel, airfare, and conference registration.

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12 Aug

BTW News Briefs

President signs Speech Act; Dana to retire from GLiBA;  Thurber finalists; ABFFE's Book of the Month

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11 Aug

Bookstores Raise Almost $48,000 for ABFFE

The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression this week thanked 74 bookstores that raised almost $48,000 to support its work by selling Freadom gift cards over the past four years.

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04 Aug

Booksellers Urged to Join Banned Books Week Celebration

 The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression is urging ABA members to join with hundreds of other bookstores and libraries across the country to publicize attacks against the freedom to read by participating in Banned Books Week, this year from September 25 – October 2.

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28 Jul

Roberta Rubin and Patricia Johnson Join ABFFE Board

ABFFE has announced the election to its Board of Roberta Rubin, owner of The Book Stall at Chestnut Court in Winnetka, Illinois, and Patricia Johnson, executive vice president and editorial director of Alfred A. Knopf, Pantheon, and Schocken Books.

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21 Jul

BTW News Briefs

Visa adopts new policy on storage of credit card numbers; Groups cheer passage of "libel tourism" bill; Exhibit honors career of George A. Hecht

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13 Jul

Bookstores, ABFFE Sue to Block Internet Censorship Law

On Tuesday, July 13, a coalition including the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, Harvard Book Store, and Porter Square Books filed suit to block a broad Massachusetts censorship law that bans constitutionally protected speech on the Internet.

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09 Jun

Booksellers Order Free 3D Bookmarks to Help ABFFE

Booksellers are responding enthusiastically to an introductory offer of free 3D bookmarks from emotionGallery, which will make a contribution to the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression for every bookmark that it sells to independent bookstores.

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02 Jun

Spirited Debate on Controversial Supreme Court Decision

Two insightful, forceful, and persuasive advocates defended opposing sides of a nuanced and important free speech issue at a BEA debate sponsored by the American Booksellers Association for Free Expression, the Association of American Publishers’ Freedom to Read Committee, and the Freedom to Read Foundation. 

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20 May

Obituary: Maxwell J. Lillienstein, Former ABA General Counsel

Maxwell J. Lillienstein, a prominent constitutional law attorney, partner in a New York City law firm, and former general counsel to the American Booksellers Association, died on May 13.

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20 May

ABFFE Celebrates 20th Anniversary at BEA

The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, which will mark its 20th anniversary at BEA, is issuing a timeline that highlights some of the battles it has fought.

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19 May

ABFFE to Benefit From Sale of 3D Bookmarks

emotionGallery, a French company with a new line of innovative bookmarks using lenticular images to create animated and 3D effects, will contribute $1 to ABFFE for every 10 bookmarks distributed by independent bookstores.

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