Friday, June 3, 2011
BookExpo America Panel Discussion on Book Banning
Excerpt: At a lively and thought-provoking BookExpo America panel, two bestselling authors and two nationally noted free speech advocates presented an overview and a frontline account of the tactics and trends of contemporary book banning.
The panel — “Book Banning 2011: A Report From the Front Lines of the Battle for Free Speech” — was held on Wednesday, May 25, and featured bestselling authors Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak, Twisted) and Robie Harris (It’s Perfectly Normal, It’s So Amazing!), Pat Scales, a defender of free speech in libraries for more than 30 years, and moderator Joan Bertin, executive director of the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC). The panel was sponsored by the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, the Association of American Publishers, the Freedom to Read Foundation, and PEN American Center.