Banned Books Week 2021: Sep. 26 -Oct. 2, 2021
Banned Books Week is the annual celebration of the freedom to read.
Books Unite Us, Censorship Divides Us
Banned Book Staff Favorites
"To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee
"The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood
"I attended a progressive all-girls Catholic high school in Chicago, and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood was the first book we were assigned in our freshmen English class. Reading Atwood’s book showed us what a male-dominated world could look like where women are treated as objects and possessions, and why we must be our own greatest advocates.
At various rallies and protests in recent years I’ve seen signs that say ‘Make Margaret Atwood Fiction Again’ – a distressing reminder that what we’ve witnessed in recent years would have once been considered absurd and impossible, but is now becoming frighteningly ordinary. Books like this need to be read to remind us what could easily happen if we don’t pay attention."
"Beloved" by Toni Morrison
"The House on Mango Street" by Sandra Cisneros
"The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald
"Like many young adults, I was introduced to 'The Great Gatsby' in high school, as it was required reading. We had a lot of required texts but this one stood out to me the most. It was one of the first books I can remember reading that stayed with me throughout the day, that made me think and wonder, even after class had ended. It introduced me to metaphor and symbolism in a way I had never experienced before and it opened my eyes to the absolute beauty and tragedy that words can weave. I re-visit it every so often and I think new things and feel different things every time - a sign of a truly powerful piece of writing."
"The Hobbit" by J.R.R Tolkien