September 26 marks the beginning of Banned Books Week - to raise awareness, each of my posts will be devoted to a book that's been censored, and had a profound impact on my life. I'll also be highlighting programs or forums that other writers have created to fuel the discussion about books, censorship, and the rights of readers as well as writers.
I have, as I'd imagine most writers do, very strong opinions about book banning. In my posts I'll try to favor reflection and thoughtful response over rants, because the banning of literature, especially children's literature, is a social problem that affects our community at large. To change attitudes our conversations must reach out and educate, rather than engage in a vengeful mudslinging. These are debates all writers should be deeply invested in and the way we present our arguments reflects how committed we are to opening the minds of others.
So before we jump in on this blog, I'd suggest you visit Laurie Halse Anderson's post about how to prepare for Banned Books Week. Our voices do make a difference, and it's time they're raised!