Closing Books Shuts Out Ideas

September 26, 2008 at 7:27 pm | Posted in events | Comments Off on Closing Books Shuts Out Ideas

You better hide those books because here comes Guy Montag, the fireman, to burn them up!

OK, so maybe we’re not living in the future Ray Bradbury writes about in Fahrenheit 451, but that doesn’t mean that our books are safe. Last year the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom received 420 reports on efforts to abolish materials from school curriculum and library bookshelves.

The top ten most challenged books of 2007 were:

1. “And Tango Makes Three,” by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
2. “The Chocolate War,” by Robert Cormier
3. “Olive’s Ocean,” by Kevin Henkes
4. “The Golden Compass,” by Philip Pullman
5. “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” by Mark Twain
6. “The Color Purple,” by Alice Walker
7. “TTYL,” by Lauren Myracle
8. “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” by Maya Angelou
9. “It’s Perfectly Normal,” by Robie Harris
10. “The Perks of Being A Wallflower,” by Stephen Chbosky

This week (Sep. 27 – Oct. 4) is Banned Books Week, so take some time to read one of the books listed above or learn more about the topic of Banned Books.

Also on Saturday, September 27 there will be a Read-Out! The event features popular banned or challenged authors and local Chicago celebrities from noon to 4 p.m. in Pioneer Plaza at 401 N. Michigan Ave.

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