Banned Books Week isn't just about defending open access to information or everyone’s right to tell their stories. It's also about celebrating the way books build bridges between people, engendering empathy and teaching nonviolent argument. When we prevent people from finding difficult, fractious, or simply different ideas, we end life-changing conversations before they start.
This year for Banned Books Week, join Powell's as we spotlight Amnesty International's work with imprisoned or threatened writers, dive into the role of the OIFC, and share the banned books that have opened our horizons to new perspectives and ideas.
Book by book, let's fight for our right to build bridges toward one another, and toward a future of unity founded on mutual understanding and respect.
"This year, it’s more important than ever to honor writers whose work explores cultures, experiences, perspectives, orientations, and events that expand our understanding of the human condition and accurately reflect and give voice to readers of all backgrounds."
"Considering the books that push our buttons."
"We’ve reached into our archives to reexamine the words of the many banned authors who have graced the Powell’s blog."
"Thoughtful, candid responses to the predicament of publishing a book and then being told no one should read it."
"The reasons for censoring material are consistent, and generally boil down to some combination of the following five."
"We believe in the power of language to illuminate and explicate challenging ideas and realities."