Sunday Surfing Selection: Freedom to Read Week – Feb. 26-Mar. 3, 2012

“Censorship is telling a man he can’t have a steak
just because a baby can’t chew it.
~ Mark Twain


Freedom to Read Week – Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Their website includes activities and resources including “a selective timeline of book bannings, burnings, and other censorship activities” beginning at 259 BC.

Lawrence Hill awarded Freedom to Read prize for his grace under fire This year’s prize goes to the Hamilton, Ontario author of The Book of Negroes:

“Burning books is designed to intimidate people. It underestimates the intelligence of readers, stifles dialogue and insults those who cherish the freedom to read and write. The leaders of the Spanish Inquisition burned books, Nazis burned books.” ~ Lawrence Hill

Top 10 Banned Books Of The 20th Century I have class sets of 5 of them in my high school novel studies. (There are other, different lists out there.)

To Ban or Not to Ban: Books Recently Challenged – Indigo September 2011

Censorship in a different form and a dangerous venue for misinformation: In The ‘Undue Weight’ of Truth on Wikipedia, author Timothy Messer-Kruse writes of his struggle to have “the people who had assumed the role of keeper of this bit of history for Wikipedia” accept his verifiable changes to an article because they value secondary over primary sources.

Shakespeare and Native American Authors Among Those Banned From Tucson Schools – As part of its compliance with a state ban on ethnic studies, the Tucson Unified School District has banned its Mexican American Studies program and a number of books including The Tempest by William Shakespeare and Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years. Some of the authors weigh in at the update.

“Censorship reflects a society’s lack of confidence in itself.”
~ Potter Stewart

Book Burning by Edward Andersson

“Censorship always defeats it own purpose, for it creates in the end the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion.”
~ Henry Steele Commager
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