Thursday, October 01, 2009

What is the opposite of burning books?

Hey everybody--it's national Banned Books week! Thank you to my mom over at Living La Vida Bastrop for the reminder.

Yes, it is once again that time of year when I want to read Vonnegut, Orwell, Twain, and even Salinger (ugh) just to flip The Man the bird...and to remind myself how precious our personal liberties are and how easily they could be revoked if The Man decided to do so.

The official event runs from September 26 to October 3 and is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA). Click the ALA link to see the list of some of the most frequently banned books in the nation, then head to your local library and check out one of them. Even if you don't get around to reading it, showing interest in books that others find offensive/corrupting/distasteful seems the surest way to keep the library shelves diversely stocked.

Some local library links, because I love my libraries:
Seattle Public Library - My personal local library system, there are 27 branches and a mobile unit for those who can't get out. I've been to several of the branches each one has been a good place to visit just to sit and read or surf the internet, attend an author event or other program, or even...check out a book.
King County Library System - The creme de la creme of libraries! With 45 branches and what seems like every book/CD/DVD ever, you can reserve any book in the system online and have it sent to your local branch--usually within 48 hours. The buildings are gorgeous and the programs are great.

Check out the GoodReads link over on the left side to see my book list and what I've recently read. I'm currently reading Battle Royale by Koushun Takami, translated to English as I read zero Japanese. It made the ALA 2009 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults list under the Death and Dying category, and is serving as an interesting companion piece to The Long Walk and The Hunger Games/Catching Fire.

Happy reading.

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