Where to Celebrate Banned Books Week 2017!

Happy Banned Books Week!  The annual celebration of the freedom to read is running all this week, and the Banned Books Week Coalition invites you to participate by getting involved in the incredible activities brought to you by our sponsor organizations! From theatrical performances, bookstore parties, and online advocacy, there’s lots of ways you can help celebrate Our Right to Read!

The American Society of Journalists and Authors helps you to spread the message of Banned Books week anywhere you go with our “I read banned books” buttons. Click here to order today.

American Booksellers Association encourages you to visit your local independent bookseller celebrating the week! Learn more here.

American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom invites you to join the Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament! You can also Stand For The Banned as part of the online Virtual Readout!

Association of American Publishers celebrates with online activities, author and bookstore events, and much more! Learn more here.

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund invites you to celebrate in your community with activities and resources from their free Banned Books Week Handbook! Download it here.

Dramatists Legal Defense Fund presents Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret celebrating songs and scenes from shows that have bene censored or challenged on American stages. Find a performance near you here.

Freedom to Read Foundation is proud to present the 2017 Banned Books Week grant recipients, awarded to seven nonprofit institutions to support a wide range of read-outs, displays, discussions, performances, and more! Find an event near you here.

Index on Censorship, the UK’s voice of free expression has developed a series of engaging events with writers, cartoonists, and academics across the UK. Learn more here.

National Council of Teachers of English will be publishing thought-provoking content for teachers throughout week at http://blogs.ncte.org.

National Coalition Against Censorship has created a brand new Book Censorship Toolkit to help spark conversation and solve problems related to book censorship. Read it here.

PEN America is hosting PEN Out Loud: I Write Banned Books with David Levithan, Coe Booth, Ariel Schrag and Jason Low at the Strand Bookstore in New York. Get tickets here.

Project Censored hosts their annual Banned Books Week program with representatives from ALA, CBLDF, and NCAC. Host Mickey Huff will also be appearing in Sebastapol, CA at Copperfield Books.

Please join us at these Banned Books Week activities, and most importantly, make your own! Banned Books Week is about individuals from all walks of life joining together to celebrate intellectual freedom. Be a part of the celebration by posting on your social media pages, creating events in your community, and reading banned books!

Check out www.bannedbooksweek.org throughout the week for more activities, and don’t forget to use the #bannedbooksweek hashtag throughout the celebration.

Happy Banned Books Week!


The Banned Books Week Coalition is an alliance of organizations joined by a commitment to increase awareness of the annual celebration of the freedom to read. The Coalition seeks to engage various communities and inspire participation in Banned Books Week through education, advocacy, and the creation of programming about the problem of book censorship. 

Sponsors include: American Booksellers AssociationAmerican Library AssociationAmerican Society of Journalists and AuthorsAssociation of American Publishers; American Association of University Presses; Authors GuildComic Book Legal Defense FundDramatists Legal Defense FundFreedom to Read Foundation; Index on CensorshipNational Coalition Against CensorshipNational Council of Teachers of English; PEN AmericaPeople for the American Way Foundation; and Project Censored.  It is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

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