No Book Should Be Banned, such a tragedy with these amazing works of art.

Banned Books Week is the national book community's annual celebration of the freedom to read. Hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. The 2012 celebration of Banned Books Week will be held from September 30 through October 6. 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. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982.

According to the American Library Association, there were 326 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2011, and many more go unreported.

Did you know that The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins was number 3 of the list for 2011??  Reasons: anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence

I've read the trilogy with my friends and we loved the series.  It would have been a shame if we had not been able to read those books.

In honor of the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week, Open Road Media is featuring 30 ebooks that have been challenged, censored, banned, or even burned!

Check out our Banned Books Week website to learn more about these titles, which include a range of genres, from Go the F**k to Sleep to Sophie's Choice to Einstein's Essays In Humanism. When you click on a cover image, you'll find the story behind the book; for instance, you'll discover that some feminists, who considered it "anti-feminist," rejected Helen Gurley Brown's Sex and the Single Girl and that Howard Fast's historical fiction was banned in New York public schools for supposed "vulgar scenes."

Find more banned-book stories, and enter to win all 30 ebooks by submitting your email address at the bottom right-hand corner of the page. Would you like to read excerpts from these featured ebooks before entering the giveaway? Check out our Banned Books Week Scribd collection.

Also, watch our latest Banned Books Week video, featuring Natalie Goldberg, Ken Bruen, James Salter, Alice Walker, Jonathan Carroll, and other notable authors, sharing their thoughts about censored books. (This video is also available via YouTube.)

Stay tuned to Open Road's blog this week, as each day we'll feature fresh content from our authors, expressing their thoughts and sharing their experiences surrounding banned books.

After all, any book worth banning is a book worth reading.

**Found in my email.**  :)


Kelly said…
Thanks for this. I found it really interesting!