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Censorship, HOWL, and City Lights of San Francisco

How City Lights, an independent bookstore in California, helped end "obscenity" censorship in the United States.

THIRTEEN REASONS WHY Censorship Won’t Help

Censorship of books like Thirteen Reasons Why, no matter how you feel about them, won't help solve teen suicides, even if it makes us feel a little better.

Books by 4 Radical Writers Who Brought Down a Government

In 1998, Kuwait ushered in an era of censorship after controversy over four writers. Things now may be changing for the better: But who were those writers?

Yeah, But Is It Art?: On Riri Williams and J. Scott Campbell

Jess looks at the now-pulled J. Scott Campbell cover, which sexualizes a black teenage girl, and focuses on the criticisms that "fandom doesn't like art."

A “Day of Creativity” for Poet Ashraf Fayadh

Supporting the work of Ashraf Fayadh, who is serving time in prison for writing his poetry.

“Stories Will Help You Understand Yourself”: An Interview About Censorship with Kate Messner

Award-winning middle grade author Kate Messner talks with us about censorship, why tough books matter, & how young (and old!) readers build empathy muscles.

Dispatches from Library Land: June 2016

Cool projects, innovative programs, awesome people, and important news happening right now in libraries.

The Most Challenged Books of 2015

Every year, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom compiles a list of the ten books that are most ...

Hey, Virginia: Your Censorship Bill is a Terrible Idea

People of Virginia: you have a job to do. Email, call, send telepathic messages to your state legislature and tell ...

Dear Slate: Banned Books Week Isn’t a “Crock”

Here’s a story about how one library system became two: in the enlightened 1990s, parents in a rural Georgia community ...

In Support of Banned Books Week: Quotes on Censorship

We’ve rounded up several important quotes about banning books and censorship in honor of Banned Books Week. It’s a national event founded in 1982 to ...

Rising to the Challenge: How The Book Internet Delivered Books to Teens

Earlier this summer, we talked about a book challenge that took place at West Ashley High School in Charleston, South ...

Talking About Censorship: A Primer

According to a recent survey conducted by the Harris Poll, Americans are more comfortable with the idea of banning books ...

SOME GIRLS ARE Removed from Summer Reading List in South Carolina

“…an unflinching look at the intricacies of high school relationships and how easily someone’s existence can change. Fans of the ...

LIT 501: The Proper Reading of Comics

When I wrote “I Expected Batman and Robin, Not Pornography,” I was preaching to the choir. Panels is a site inhabited ...