Banned Books Week

Hey! Did you all see that last week was Banned Books Week? Did you check out any of the displays in your libraries and bookstores? I thought they were all pretty neat and, let’s be honest, ridonkculous. Blue Elephant Bookshop in Decatur was kind enough to let me take some snapshots of their snazzy display. You can visit their online store here. Like this one:


Banned from the Elementary school reading list in a town in Texas because one school board member got the author, Bill Martin, confused with another Bill Martin, an obscure Ethical Marxist writer. The board member said the book expressed “very strong critiques of capitalism and the American system.” Whoops! Forget to check your facts, there.

Here are some others I thought were interesting.

As the bookmark says, “this is perhaps the most ironic banning because the book’s subject is the danger of banning books.”

The bookmark reads: “To Kill a Mockingbird  was challenged in many states for strong language, talk of rape and racial themes. The book was outright banned in Lindale, Texas for conflictivity with community values. (ala.org)”

I was sorry to see this children’s book was banned in my hometown. “Those opposing the book said it made homosexuality seem normal.”

Not too many surprises here for the book that Dan Wilbur renamed Likeable Rapists on his hilarious site Better Book Titles.

And naturally, I couldn’t leave out our generations most famous banned book series: Harry Potter, banned from numerous schools and libraries for themes of witchcraft and sorcery.

Just because Banned Book Week has officially ended, it doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy any of these titles… unless, of course, you live in a state where they’ve been banned. And you can read them while wearing this T-shirt.

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4 comments
  1. My neighbourhood library had a similar display and I loved it! Some of the reasons were hilarious, others awful!

  2. I love it everytime I see Bradbury’s book banned… (chuckle). It reminds me of a roomate I had once who really didn’t like the government expanding it’s power and becoming more intrusive. The rest of us thought, hey let’s show him 1984. It’s totally his movie (we didn’t think he would actually read the book– otherwise we would have gone that route, obviously). We rented it (people still did that back then) and then made dinner and got him to sit down to watch it (he was 18 and had trouble sitting still). He got so mad at some of the things done in the film that he stormed out and didn’t finish watching it. He never realized that the film (and the book, of course) was totally on his side and I really feel like he missed out on something he would have appreciated. That aside we laughed our behinds off when he stormed out. Who doesn’t love irony?

  3. Started reading Huxley’s Brave New World c:

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