The American Library Association recently released their annual list of the 10 titles most frequently challenged across the country. Topping the list this year was 13 Reasons Why, Jay Asher’s suicide drama that was made more popular by a Netflix series. Other titles on the list range were challenged for reasons ranging from drugs and swearing (The Hate U Give) to the appearance of a transgender child (George). The ACLU of RI and the William Hall Library are presenting a night of writers and artists reading short excerpts from their favorite banned books. Participants Adam Braver, Mary Cappello, Thalia Field, Rick Moody (who I didn’t realize was teaching at Brown these days), Eleni Sikelianos, Mike Stanton, Glenn Stout, Jean Walton, and Michael Willhoite.
By the way, if this subject interests you, I highly recommend the ALA’s weekly Intellectual Freedom newsletter, featuring links to relevant stories around the world.