Wi2023 Program

Thursday, February 23, 2023  

1:50 pm to 2:40 pm

Book Banning: Stores, Authors and Communities: What Can We Do? 6ABC, Level 6, Seattle Convention Center

The rights of readers and the importance of representation in books is critical to the work of independent bookstores. The wave of book bans threaten these rights and these values as an orchestrated movement attempting to silence historically marginalized voices and experiences. As authors, publishers, and booksellers are under constant attack from random and targeted book bans, ABA has assembled a diverse group to discuss the effects of these bans.
Heather Hall from Green Feather Book Company; Maia Kobabe, author of Gender Queer ; Laura DeLaney from Rediscovered Books; and Kendrick Washington, Policy Advocacy Director of the Seattle ACLU, will share their experiences as well as their insight and wisdom on how to deal with an increasingly pervasive occurrence. The discussion will be moderated by Ray Daniels, Chief Communications Officer of ABA. Gather here to understand first hand what is at stake when book bans happen in your community and how you can respond or even prevent them.


Speakers: Laura DeLaney, Rediscovered Books (Boise, Idaho); Heather Hall, Green Feather Book Company (Norman, Oklahoma); Kendrick Washington, ACLU of Washington; Ray Daniels, American Booksellers Association (White Plains, New York); Maia Kobabe, Simon & Schuster


About ABA

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.


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