Free Expression

08 Jan

ABA Extremely Concerned Over Missing Hong Kong Booksellers

ABA issued a statement on January 7 expressing “extreme concern” over the fate of five employees of a Hong Kong publisher and its bookstore who have apparently been taken into custody by Chinese authorities and taken to the Chinese mainland.

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05 Jan

Northshire Bookstore Responds to Free Speech Threat

Northshire Bookstore owner Chris Morrow’s response to a customer who yelled at staff and threatened to put the store out of business for displaying an illustrated copy of American Qur’an has received widespread support.

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22 Dec

Court Hears Argument in Booksellers’ Challenge to Louisiana Age-Verification Law

Attorneys representing two New Orleans bookstores and ABA urged a federal judge to block enforcement of a new Louisiana law that requires website owners to verify that visitors to their sites are 18 or older before providing access to non-obscene material that could be deemed “harmful to minors” because of its sexual content.

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18 Dec

Banned Books Week Photo Album Highlights Booksellers’ Creativity

Booksellers can get inspired for next year’s celebration of Banned Books Week by checking out a collection of more than 80 photos of bookstore displays from this year’s event.

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16 Dec

Mount Horeb Says “No” to Censorship

A plan to read a children’s book about a transgender girl to a Wisconsin elementary school class was cancelled in late November, when school officials were threatened with legal action. However, the attempted censorship appears to have backfired, writes ABFE Director Chris Finan.

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24 Nov

The Free Speech Controversy on Campus

Some of the students involved in campus protests over racial discrimination have demonstrated hostility toward the free speech rights of others. Should booksellers side with a minority that is trying to make itself heard or condemn those who violate the very rights that make protest possible? asks ABFE Director Chris Finan.

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05 Nov

Media Coalition Executive Director David Horowitz Explains Group’s Impact on Booksellers

Media Coalition, whose members are eight media and entertainment trade associations, including ABA, has been defending First Amendment rights since 1973. Its latest challenge to a law threatening those rights was filed this week on behalf of Garden District Book Shop and Octavia Books, among others.

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04 Nov

Booksellers Challenge Louisiana Age-Verification Law

ABA has joined two New Orleans bookstores in filing a legal challenge to a new Louisiana law that requires website owners to post a page where customers must indicate whether they are 18 or older before accessing material that is “harmful to minors” because of its sexual content.

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22 Oct

Around Indies

P.J. Boox opens with unique business model; Greenlight celebrates sixth anniversary, best bookstore honor; Tattered Cover’s Joyce Meskis hailed as First Amendment hero; Books Connection holds grand reopening; Brick and Mortar series spotlights indie booksellers

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22 Oct

How Booksellers Joined the Fight for Free Speech

In 1915, Boston booksellers were part of an anti-vice group that reviewed books with sexual content and dictated whether they were to be removed from bookstore shelves. In this first article in a series, ABFE Director Chris Finan looks at how booksellers moved from banning books to today’s celebration of Banned Books Week.

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15 Oct

Survey Respondents Cheer Banned Books Week

Booksellers have always enthusiastically supported Banned Books Week, and respondents to a recent survey on this year’s event shared several reasons for their strong support, as well as ideas for future celebrations.

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08 Oct

Around Indies

McNally Jackson to open new location in 2017; Kepler’s offering GiftLit book subscriptions; Spellbound becomes party central; Scuppernong gets the Banned Books Week blues

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08 Oct

Banned Books Week Survey Seeks Booksellers’ Views

The American Booksellers for Free Expression is asking booksellers to evaluate this year’s Banned Books Week by replying to a brief survey.

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07 Oct

Media Coalition Launches Foundation to Advance Defense of First Amendment

Media Coalition has created a foundation that offers individuals and other entities the opportunity to make tax-deductible contributions to help further its work protecting the public’s right to access the broadest possible range of information, opinion, and entertainment.

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30 Sep

Booksellers’ Creativity on Display During Banned Books Week

Nationwide, bookstores are putting their own unique spins on Banned Books Week (September 27 to October 3) with creative even

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