Banned Books Week PSAs
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Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read, Sept. 22 - 28, 2013
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
First observed in 1982, Banned Books Week reminds Americans not to take the freedom to read for granted. Since 1990, the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom has received reports of 9,500 attempts to remove books deemed by some as inappropriate.
Why air Banned Books Week PSAs?
The most current data collected by the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom shows that over the course of the past year there were more than 400 attempts to remove books from school and library bookshelves. Is your favorite book safe?
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David "Dave" Barry is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American author and columnist, who wrote a nationally syndicated humor column for The Miami Herald from 1983 to 2005.
For 25 years he was a syndicated columnist whose work appeared in more than 500 newspapers in the United States and abroad. In 1988 he won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. He has written over 30 books of humor and parody, as well as comedic novels.
Dave lives in Miami, Florida, with his wife, Michelle, a sportswriter. He has a son, Rob, and a daughter, Sophie, neither of whom thinks he's funny.
Roy Blount Jr. is the author of twenty-three books, about everything from the first woman president of the United States to what barnyard animals are thinking. Latest is Alphabetter Juice: The Joy of Text, now out in paperback from Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. He is a panelist on NPR's Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me, ex-president of the Authors Guild, a member of PEN and the Fellowship of Southern Authors, a New York Public Library Literary Lion, a Boston Public Library Literary Light, a usage consultant to the American Heritage Dictionary, and an original member of the Rock Bottom Remainders. He comes from Decatur, Georgia and lives in western Massachusetts. In 2009 he received the Thomas Wolfe Award from the University of North Carolina.
Matt Groening's television show, "The Simpsons," is now the longest-running comedy in history. Born in Portland, Oregon, Groening moved to Los Angeles in the early 80s and started his weekly comic strip, "Life in Hell," which continues to this day in syndication and book sales. He has won multiple Emmy® Awards, the prestigious Peabody® Award, Annie Awards and the Rueben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year, the highest honor presented by the National Cartoonist Society. He also received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in February 2012.
Mary Karr is an award-winning poet and best-selling memoirist. She is the author of Lit, the long-awaited sequel to her critically acclaimed and New York Times bestselling memoirs The Liars' Club and Cherry.
Celebrate your freedom to read during Banned Books Week, September 22 to 28. For more information, visit BANNED BOOKS WEEK DOT ORG.
What’s your favorite book? Fight censorship and celebrate your freedom to read during Banned Books Week, September 22 - 28. For more information, visit BANNED BOOKS WEEK DOT ORG.
Last there were 400 attempts to remove books from U.S. schools and libraries. Is your favorite book safe? Don’t close the book on your freedom to read. Fight censorship during Banned Books Week, September 22 to 28. For more information visit BANNED BOOKS WEEK DOT ORG.
Harry Potter… Captain Underpants… Catcher in the Rye…Every year, there are hundreds of attempts to remove books from the shelves of bookstores, libraries and schools. Don’t close the book on your freedom to read by reading your favorite banned book during Banned Books Week, September 22 to 28. Visit your local library for more information, or visit BANNED BOOKS WEEK DOT ORG.
Macey Morales, Media Relations Manager, American Library Association, 312-280-4393, firstname.lastname@example.org