Banned Books Week

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According to the American Library Association there were “at least 513 actual and attempted book bannings in the US in 2008.” At the top of the list? And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson. That’s right. A children’s book about penguins.

The Nation‘s Peter Rothberg is not surprised that US citizens are still attempting to ban books; no what surprises him is the ALA’s interactive map that shows where in the US the bannings have taken place. “Would you have guessed that many of the bluest states have been just as guilty as the cradle of the Confederacy?”

Rothberg’s post highlights Banned Books Week (which is this week in case you were unaware), “the only national celebration of the freedom to read.”


Isaac Fitzgerald has been a firefighter, worked on a boat, and been given a sword by a king, thereby accomplishing three out of five of his childhood goals. He has also written for The Bold Italic, McSweeney's, Mother Jones, and The San Francisco Chronicle. He is a co-owner of The Rumpus. Follow him on Twitter. More from this author →