Banned Books Week 2014: Quotes and Links

Books & Mags, This Is Important

As a follow-up on my Banned Books Week 2014 post, I’ve collected a few interesting and thought-provoking quotes and links below.

Weird Al Yankovic, Neil Gaiman & George R.R. Martin support the banned comics week:

Neil Gaiman Banned Books Week 2014

Neil Gaiman.

Photo from Neil Gaiman’s Google+ profile.

Neil Gaiman is also quoted in the Comic Riffs feature of The Washington Post:

“Say you’re a kid in a school district [that banned a book] and there’s not a local Barnes & Noble and you don’t have 20 or 50 bucks in disposable income. …

“That book is gone. It was there and now it’s not. The fact you can buy it on Amazon doesn’t make that any less bad.”

(The Washington Post / Michael Cavna, Sept 24, 2014)

Barbara Jones, the director of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, on why we need gay characters in literature:

“Many of us at one time or another have belonged to a minority. Maybe you grew up a man with many sisters. Maybe you’re the only one who likes a juicy hamburger in a crowd of vegans. Left-handed? Night owl? Deaf? At some point you may have looked to the left and looked to the right and wondered, ‘Where are others like me?’

“Banned Books Week is an annual reminder to embrace the freedom to seek ourselves in books. The First Amendment awards each and every single person the right to read and speak freely. Celebrate the characters that help us discover ourselves.”

(Huffington Post Books, Sept 22, 2014)

In Defense of Banned Comics: 10 of Our Favorite Challenged Works by Robert Tutton at Paste.com. Almost identical to the CBLDF list.

Malinda Lo’s analysis of the most banned/challenged books in the U.S. shows that diverse books are disproportionately targeted for book challenges and censorship:

“I think it’s important to note that the reasons for a book’s challenge may be beside the point when the result is a broad silencing of these minority perspectives. Though some might protest a book’s explicit language, the real result is closing off dialogue and preventing readers from experiencing stories and lives outside the mainstream.

Recent academic studies have shown that reading fiction leads to increased empathy, which suggests to me that it’s more important than ever to make sure books with diverse perspectives are widely available, not censored. I hope we can remember this during Banned Books Week, which takes place Sept. 21–27 this year, and every week.”

(Diversity in YA, Sept 18, 2014)

Maddie Crum’s article puts book ban/challenge information from ALA as graphics (Huffington Post Books, Sept 22, 2014).

Author N.K. Jemisin’s reading of the above supports Lo’s findings:

Edit: Here, finally, is my complete collected ElfQuest set (albums 1-8) and my Banned Books Week library loans.

Banned Books Week 2014 ElfQuests
Banned Books Week 2014 from Library

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