#Censorship

Allegheny County Jail Deeply Restricts Access to Literature for Incarcerated Individuals

Allegheny County Prison discontinues access to books for incarcerated individuals, choosing profit over rehabilitation.

The 9 Books of Sappho and Other Queer Lit Lost in the Fire

So many queer stories have been buried, so many gender outlaws have been rewritten in historical accounts. Unearthing them is exciting.

How a TV Adaptation of NORMAL PEOPLE Took Over Ireland’s Airwaves

A reader reflects on the morality-driven backlash against the adaptation of Sally Rooney's NORMAL PEOPLE, as heard on a radio show from Ireland.

Contemporary Censorship in New Zealand

The long, ongoing tradition of highly organized censorship in New Zealand sparks interesting questions around responsibility, taste, and expression.

Censorship, HOWL, and City Lights of San Francisco

How City Lights, an independent bookstore in California, helped end "obscenity" censorship in the United States.

THIRTEEN REASONS WHY Censorship Won’t Help

Censorship of books like Thirteen Reasons Why, no matter how you feel about them, won't help solve teen suicides, even if it makes us feel a little better.

Books by 4 Radical Writers Who Brought Down a Government

In 1998, Kuwait ushered in an era of censorship after controversy over four writers. Things now may be changing for the better: But who were those writers?

Yeah, But Is It Art?: On Riri Williams and J. Scott Campbell

Jess looks at the now-pulled J. Scott Campbell cover, which sexualizes a black teenage girl, and focuses on the criticisms that "fandom doesn't like art."

A “Day of Creativity” for Poet Ashraf Fayadh

Supporting the work of Ashraf Fayadh, who is serving time in prison for writing his poetry.

“Stories Will Help You Understand Yourself”: An Interview About Censorship with Kate Messner

Award-winning middle grade author Kate Messner talks with us about censorship, why tough books matter, & how young (and old!) readers build empathy muscles.

Dispatches from Library Land: June 2016

Cool projects, innovative programs, awesome people, and important news happening right now in libraries.

The Most Challenged Books of 2015

Hey, Virginia: Your Censorship Bill is a Terrible Idea

Dear Slate: Banned Books Week Isn’t a “Crock”

In Support of Banned Books Week: Quotes on Censorship