Today, Saturday 9/26, is the start of Banned Books Week — sponsored by the American Library Association, American Booksellers Association, and others. Since 1982 this annual event has celebrated the freedom to read, even unorthodox or unpopular material. Among the giants of American literature that have been banned in the past are Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby; To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and (can you believe it?) Charlotte's Web. More recently, the Harry Potter books and Philip Pullman's trilogy, His Dark Materials, have been challenged.
Stick up for your freedom! Read a banned book this week.