Banned Books Week, Sept 25 - Oct 1, 2016, is a national celebration of the freedom to read. Independent bookstores across the U.S. will host events celebrating diversity and honoring freedom of expression. Many book stores will display banned or challenged books; host author readings, trivia contests, and discussions; or invite community members to read from their favorite banned book. American Booksellers Association is one of several sponsors.
The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.
Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.