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ABFE Free Speech Report, vol. 1, no. 6, October 2015
Booksellers Cheer Banned Books Week in ABFE Survey
“Banned Books Week is my favorite week of the year,” Kathy Adams from Valley Bookseller in Stillwater, Minnesota, recently told NPR. “Seriously, it’s better than Christmas.”
There were many interesting observations in the “comments” sections of the survey. Some of them are quoted in an article in Bookselling This Week.
Joyce Meskis Honored for Free Expression Work
Joyce Meskis, the owner of Denver’s Tattered Cover Book Store, has been honored for defending free speech many times during her long career. In 1984 and again in 2000, Tattered Cover was a plaintiff in lawsuits that reached the Colorado Supreme Court and created important legal precedents for the citizens of her state. So it is not surprising that a local group, the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition, is one of the first to honor her since she announced that she will retire in 2017.
Media Coalition Launches Foundation
Media Coalition, a trade association that has been fighting to preserve free speech since 1973, has created a foundation to help raise funds to defend the First Amendment rights of booksellers and their customers as well as other producers and distributors of constitutionally protected material. The Media Coalition Foundation is a tax-exempt organization that will offer individuals and others the opportunity to make tax-deductible contributions to support its work.
Regional Booksellers Support ABFE
ABFE gratefully acknowledges the recent contributions by the New England Independent Booksellers Association (NEIBA) and the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA). NEIBA and NAIBA are regular contributors. In recent years, NAIBA has donated money to ABFE in conjunction with its Carla Cohen Free Speech Award, which is given to a children’s book because “awareness of constitutional rights needs to begin at the beginning of true consciousness.” This year’s award went to The Case for Loving by Selina Alko and Sean Qualls (Scholastic). The book tells the story of the legal case that overturned laws banning interracial marriage.
Latest Free Speech Column: “A New Frontier in Fight for Reader Privacy”
ABFE Director Chris Finan’s latest column in Bookselling This Week discusses why ABA has filed an amicus brief in a new ACLU challenge to a National Security Agency surveillance program. Reader privacy is at stake. Read the column here.
Kids’ Right to Read Project (KRRP) Update: Latest Book Challenges
City of Thieves by David Benioff
Death and the Maiden by Ariel Dorfman
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