Thursday, January 24, 2008

read a banned book in February

Freedom to Read Week 2008

I'm Chair of the Book & Periodical Council, who are responsible for this very important freedom of expression promotion each year. I was reminded FTR Week is approaching fast while browsing a copy of Nabokov's Lolita at the U of T bookstore on my lunch-hour walk.

Visit the Freedom to Read website today, and check out their list of challenged books. Pick one for your February reading and sink luxuriously into the irony.

Perhaps you'd enjoy Lives of Girls and Women by the notoriously subversive Alice Munro, which was removed from various Canadian high school reading lists in 1982 after parents objected to the “language and philosophy of the book.”

Oh, the 80s. A simpler time.

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