Amidst a shocking increase of efforts to ban books from shelves and classrooms, here at Powell’s we firmly believe in everyone’s freedom to read. When we prevent people from finding difficult, fractious, or simply different ideas, we end life-changing conversations before they start. On this page, you’ll find guest essays, recommendations, and curated, in-store displays filled with 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.
Last fall, during Banned Books Week, we looked at Amnesty International's work with imprisoned or threatened writers, dove into the role of the OIFC, and shared the banned books that have opened our horizons to new perspectives and ideas.
In 2022, we’re so excited to launch an ongoing donation — 20% of the online sales of these 20 titles will be donated to American Booksellers for Free Expression.
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We are donating 20% of the sales on Powells.com of the 20 titles listed in this post, all of which are frequently banned or challenged books, to American Booksellers for Free Expression.
"Learn what the OIFC is, what is does, and why its work is vital to maintaining everyone’s right to intellectual freedom."
"Since 1990, Amnesty International has worked with partners to draw attention to those who suffer human rights violations by government and opposition groups because of their work."
Book Buyers Kim T. and Madeline S. talk censorship and recommend some frequently challenged books to add to your reading list.
"Thoughtful, candid responses to the predicament of publishing a book and then being told no one should read it."
"We believe in the power of language to illuminate and explicate challenging ideas and realities."