Banned Books Week
What do the books ‘Matilda’, ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ and Harry Potter have in common? They have all been banned at some point in the world.
Here in Islington our libraries, working with the British Library and Free Word, have joined the American Library Association to celebrate Banned Books Week.
They are promoting a list of 40 books that have been subject to calls for censorship. These include Melvin Burgess’ book Junk’, which deals will heroin addiction and teenage sex, Philip Pullman’s ‘His Dark Materials’ trilogy, as well as Margaret Atwood’s the ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ and ‘Beloved’ by Toni Morrison
The books will be promoted at local reading groups and book clubs across Islington and the country during September and October. They will also feature on the ‘Reading Groups for Everyone’ website.
Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries in the US. Since then, according to the American Library Association, more than 11,300 books have been challenged.