Free Expression

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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11 Jan

ABFE Seeks Book Recommendations for Open Discussion Project

ABFE’s Open Discussion Project aims to help booksellers bring Americans together to discuss issues that deeply divide us. As a first step, ABFE is seeking booksellers to help curate topical reading lists.

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09 Jan

ABA Supports Freedom to Publish Yiannopoulos Book

ABA has joined a statement criticizing efforts to force Simon & Schuster to cancel plans to publish a book by right-wing firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos.

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04 Jan

BTW News Briefs

We Need Diverse Books publishes first anthology; HarperCollins takes full ownership of HarperCollins Brasil; International Dublin Literary Award nominations announced

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04 Jan

Hope for the New Year

In the face of growing ideological polarization, bookstores offer hope for the future, writes ABFE Director Chris Finan.

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07 Dec

Gui Minhai T-Shirts Arriving in Bookstores

Richard Howorth’s Square Books was one of the first stores to receive an order of T-shirts calling on China to release bookseller Gui Minhai. Howorth suggested the idea for the T-shirt to ABFE.

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07 Dec

Adult Humor Book Discontinued Amid Controversy

An adult humor book will no longer be published as a result of protests by online critics who considered it racist; however, free expression groups expressed support for the publisher’s right to publish the book.

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06 Dec

Inquiring Minds Bookstore’s Brian Donoghue Reflects on the Consequences of Taking a Political Stand

Brian Donoghue, the owner of Inquiring Minds Bookstore in Saugerties, New York, writes about his decision to mount a controversial display during the past election cycle and the unexpected outcomes.

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22 Nov

Booksellers Embrace Post-Election Role

Bookstores are embracing their roles as sources of information and self-expression and as a community nexus, providing books, safe spaces, and other resources in the post-election landscape.

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