The Escritoire display this month celebrates the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and highlighting the dangers of restricting or removing reading materials.
The selection of books is designed to reflect the diversity among the books that have faced challenges or been banned. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Alexie Sherman, a YA novel which recounts the story of a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation, for example, features alongside Marx’s Communist Manifesto. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, a memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution told through comic strip images features alongside James Joyce’s Ulysses.
As we commemorate 30 years of Banned Books Week the display is also designed to celebrate the past achievements and ongoing work of librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers and readers in ensuring that these books remain available. For example, Machiavelli’s The Prince, which has faced controversy since its first appearance in the sixteenth century, features alongside one of 2012’s most challenged titles, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.
Thanks to guest blogger, Kirsty Dain, Circulation Assistant, for her exhibit and post.
Books in the Escritoire Display Fall 2013
Angelou, I know why the caged bird sings (B ANG)
Atwood, The handmaid’s tale (F ATW)
Burgess, Clockwork Orange (F BUR)
Hosseini, The Kite Runner (F HOS)
Joyce Ulysses (F JOY)
Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird (F LEE)
Machiavelli, The Prince and the Discourses (320.1 M184P)
Mahfouz, Children of the Alley (F MAH)
Marx,Capital: The Communist Manifesto and other writings of Karl Marx (331 M369C)
Morrison, Beloved (F MOR)
Pilkey, Captain Underpants (JF PIL)
Plath, The Bell Jar (F PLA)
Rushdie, Satanic Verses (F RUS)
Saramago, The Gospel According to Jesus Christ (F SAR)
Satrapi, Persepolis (B S2535)
Sherman, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (YA ALE)
Solzhenitsyn, One day in the life of Ivan Denisovitch (F SOL)
Vonnegut, Cat’s Cradle (F VON)