High-Five Fridays, The Banned Book Week Edition
1) In SEX and Sexuality really BUG some people. And they want to make sure YOU don't get to read about it!, Lee Wind, an author of young adult fiction whose books feature gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning characters and themes, points out that 8 of the 10 Most Challenged Books of 2007 had to do with Sex and Homosexuality.
2) At Double-Breasted Dust-Jacket Azrael Brown points out that books don't need to be officially banned to be censored. In How The Garcia Girls Lost Henrico County, he writes:
[S]o the book was removed from the reading list. It is splitting hairs to say the book was not "contested" in the narrowest definition of the word, or that the event is irrelevant to Banned Books Week. This sort of populist, anti-intellectual act is exactly what Banned Books Week addresses.
3) In Librarian Superheroes, Deanna (our very own DeeDee) writes:
Every day librarians are the front line in our battle to be free readers, but they also come to our rescue in other ways… Helping a little kid reach a book; assisting a grown adult in finding the right book or research material; keeping libraries stocked & organized so that we can be delighted, educated, inspired; coaching the unfamiliar on how to use the Internet; reading to children, keeping kids entranced long enough for mommy to find something for herself to read; and even shushing obnoxious jerks so that you can read and research in peace.
Librarians are superheroes, you know.
(You may also wish to see Where's the Librarian? Patron's views of public perception in the Internet age by Ruth A. Kneale.)
4) Take the quiz: Have you been exercising the freedom to read? (My results will be in the comments; place yours there too.)
5) Not so much about books, but related because The Sex-Positive Journalism Awards (the "Sexies") "recognize those writers who stick to high journalistic standards in a climate of repression and misinformation around human sexuality," I wish you to see the 2008 winners as well as, if you're in New York Saturday, check out the Sexies Award Ceremony and Party.
Banned Books Week may officially end on Saturday, but for those of us who value our intellectual freedom this isn't just an annual consideration. Please continue to fight the good fight & to support those who do the same.
Find out how to give your High-Five Fridays here!