PODCAST: Who Are the Book Banners?

September 23-29 is the ominously and inaccurately named Banned Books Week (this is my font choice) established by the “book-banning” American Library Association (ALA) to suggest that book banning is prevalent in America and very scary.

Although the ALA named it Banned Books Week, it was forced to acknowledge in the “about” section of the Banned Books Week website that it’s not really about books that have been banned à la Fahrenheit 451 or even asked to be banned. It’s centrally about books that have been challenged, which is a horse of an entirely different and far less dark color. A book is challenged when the appropriateness of it in some context is questioned.


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