Free Expression

16 Nov

Post-Election, Bookstores Offer Safe Spaces for Communities to Come Together

Following last week’s divisive election, independent booksellers are reaching out to remind customers that their bookstores are safe, bipartisan spaces where community members can come together.

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02 Nov

Progress in the Debate Over Free Speech on Campus

Though a recent report found there is no free speech crisis on campus, there is a real need for more education for students about the importance of free expression, writes ABFE Director Chris Finan.

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02 Nov

Bookstore Wins Battle for Anti-Trump Banner

Inquiring Minds Bookstore has won its fight with town officials who attempted to force the bookstore to remove from its front window an anti-Trump banner that includes a swastika.

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02 Nov

Justice Department Reaffirms Protections for Reader Privacy

The U.S. Department of Justice has reaffirmed protections for the privacy of bookstore and library records that may be targeted under Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act.

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26 Oct

Bookstore Fights Ban on Anti-Trump Sign

A bookstore in a small town in upstate New York is fighting efforts to force it to remove a banner from its front window that contains a message critical of Donald Trump.

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19 Oct

BTW News Briefs

Nominations open for 2016 Indie Awards; PEN America’s new report addresses free speech on college campuses; Above the Treeline receives investment; Literary Landmark nominations sought for Children’s Book Week; Grateful American Book Prize awarded to Chris Stevenson; Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize in Literature

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12 Oct

Booksellers Knock Out Unconstitutional Louisiana Law

Two New Orleans bookstores have won their legal challenge to a Louisiana law that would have required them to verify the age of visitors to their websites.

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03 Oct

ABFE Survey Seeks Bookseller Input on Banned Books Week

American Booksellers for Free Expression is asking booksellers to help plan next year’s Banned Books Week by filling out a short survey on their experiences during this year’s event.

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28 Sep

Banned Books Week Off to a Fast Start

Banned Books Week kicked off with a message sent to more than 1.6 million supporters on Facebook and Twitter, followed by events around the country.

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21 Sep

Seven Indies to Host “A Night of Silenced Voices”

Seven bookstores in different parts of the country will celebrate “A Night of Silenced Voices” on September 27, during Banned Books Week.

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13 Sep

ABFE Seeks Social Media Support for Banned Books Week

ABFE is urging bookstores to join the growing social media campaign supporting Banned Books Week, which for the first time will include the use of a social media service to broadcast the campaign’s message to millions of Internet users.

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13 Sep

Ingram Banned Books Week Promotion Continues

Ingram Content Group is supporting Banned Books Week by offering an additional discount on orders of 25 or more books chosen from a list of more than 450 banned or challenged titles on iPage®.

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06 Sep

Square Books Declares First Amendment Sales Tax Holiday

Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi, declared a new holiday at the end of summer: On August 27, the store held a one-day sale that it called a First Amendment Sales Tax Holiday.

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02 Sep

ABA Urges President Obama to Protest Turkish Censorship

On September 1, ABA joined American publishers, authors, and librarians in a letter urging President Obama to protest the widespread suppression of free speech in Turkey during his meeting with Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan in China.

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30 Aug

Ingram’s Banned Books Week Promotion Begins

This year’s Banned Books Week promotion from Ingram features an additional discount on more than 450 banned or challenged titles plus a Banned Books Week banner while supplies last.

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