Banned Books Week Begins!

This week, to kick off the celebration of our freedom to read, we are doing a mini News This Week segment on Banned Books Week. Check out the links below and learn a little more about censorship in America.

The absurd logic behind some of the most famous banned books.

10 banned books you might not expect.

Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak is in the midst of a heated censorship debate.

Beware of the book.

Howl, which was the subject of an obscenity trial following its publication,  opens (as a film) during banned books week.

See the top 10 most frequently challenged books of 2009.

See a map of book challenges in the US.


Janina Larenas is the book buyer for the New Book Department. She is a printmaker and book artist who works with a variety of mediums to create narrative imagery. Her pieces range from stickers and posters to science illustration, embroidery to zines, often merging technical crafts with fine art presentation.