Happy Banned Books Week!

Did you know that September 24 to October 1, 2011 is Banned Books Week sponsored by the American Libraries Association and 5 other organizations.

In celebration of the week, I’m pledging to read at least one banned book (though I haven’t decided which one yet.) Lauren Davis reports in the Eye on Education blog that the Harry Potter series has been the most widely banned book series of the past decade.

My friend and mentor, Dr. Nicholas Zekulin, a professor of Russian at the University of Calgary has what we believe to be the world’s largest collection of Harry Potter books in translation. Maybe I’ll pick up the Spanish version and enjoy Potter en español.

Here’s my invitation to join me in reading a banned book this week, or at least have a conversation with someone else about censorship, freedom of speech or banned books.

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4 Responses to Happy Banned Books Week!

  1. Alia says:

    An alternative to this week of Banned Books is to spend time talking about the books that we all should read. I received this top 100 list of books some time ago. I certainly have not come close to reading all of these books, but I like to keep this handy when I`m ready to start something new.

    ()1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
    ()2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
    ( ) 3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
    ()4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
    ( )5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
    ( )6 The Bible
    ( )7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
    ( )8 1984 – George Orwell
    ( )9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
    ( )10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
    ()11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
    ( )12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
    ( )13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
    ( )14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
    ( )15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
    ()16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
    ( )17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
    ( )18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
    ( )19 The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
    ( )20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
    ( )21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
    ( )22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
    ( )23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
    ( )24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
    ( ) 25 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
    ( )26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
    ( )27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    ( )28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
    ()29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
    ()30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
    ( )31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
    ( )32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
    ()33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
    ()34 Emma – Jane Austen
    ()35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
    ()36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis >> this is part of the chronicles? wth?
    ()37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
    ( )38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
    ( )39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
    ( )40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
    ()41 Animal Farm – George Orwell
    ()43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    ( )44 A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
    ( )45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
    ()46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
    ( )47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
    ( )48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
    ( )49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
    ( )50 Atonement – Ian McEwan
    ()51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
    ( ) 52 Dune – Frank Herbert
    ( ) 53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
    ()54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
    ()55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
    ( ) 56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    ( ) 57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
    ( ) 58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
    ( ) 59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
    () 60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    ( ) 61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
    ( )62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
    ( ) 63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
    (X) 64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
    ( )65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
    ( )66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac
    ( )67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
    ( )68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
    ( )69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
    ( )70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
    ( )71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
    ( ) 72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
    ()73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
    ( ) 74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
    ( )75 Ulysses – James Joyce
    ( ) 76 The Inferno – Dante
    ( ) 77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
    ( ) 78 Germinal – Emile Zola
    ( )79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
    ( )80 Possession – AS Byatt
    ()81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
    ( ) 82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
    ( ) 83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker
    ( )84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
    ( )85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
    ()86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
    ()87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White
    ( ) 88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
    ( )89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    ( )90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
    ( )91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
    ( )92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
    ( )93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
    ( ) 94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
    ( ) 95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
    ( ) 96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
    ( )97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
    ()98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
    ()99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
    ( )100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

  2. Alia says:

    Wow — I had no idea there was such a thing as Banned Books Week. How does one mark that week? Do you burn books or take bets on which books will be banned in the future?

    As an avid reader, I simply don’t understand why anyone would support this, especially given the titles on the list. For the record, I just finished
    reading the entire Harry Potter series and I loved it. I even plan on re-reading it one day!

    • I don’t think that Banned Books Week is to support the practice of banning books, but rather to raise awareness about the practice of censorship. But perhaps we could gather any books written about how to ban books, as well as lists of banned books, and burn those. That would be kind of fun…

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