Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Bloggers Speak Out--and give away a bunch o' books!

For those of you who have been following the Springfield, Missouri book challenges and the subsequent overwhelming support (Twitter explosion, anyone?) for the authors, today's Springfield News-Leader printed some new articles about the controversy. 

Here's the newspaper's article, "Parents, Take The Opportunity to Discuss Issues Writers Raise," and editorials from authors Laurie Halse Anderson and Sarah Ockler

Bloggers Speak Out is a movement sparked by the article that got us all a bit riled up, "Filthy Books Demeaning to Republic Education," in which Dr. Wesley Scroggins advocated the censorship of books in schools, and specifically requested that the following books be removed from the Republic school system: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler, and Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut.

I'm sure the response to the challenge was more widespread than anyone could have predicted. Those of us who love books get a little miffed when someone tries to take them away. So many writers and readers chose to speak out to show their support for these authors and fight against book banning and censorship. 

To make it easier to find all the contests, reviews, and articles, the awesome Natalie at Mindful Musings put together a list of bloggers doing giveaways and book reviews of the challenged books. (And here's Natalie's fabulous letter to the editor in the News-Leader!)

Remember you have till the 26th to enter our contest; comment on Sunday's post for a chance to win one of the three books mentioned in the article. 

Here's the giant list! Now go read and win some books!                                                                                         
Below is a list of links of bloggers speaking out against book banning and censorship--in the form of giveaways, posts, and reviews. Some are "officially" participating in what we're calling Bloggers Speak Out, and others are posts that we've found around the blogosphere. If you get time, you should definitely check them out!
Giveaways of Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
**All giveaways will end on 10/3, unless otherwise noted**
Other Giveaways
**All giveaways will end on 10/3, unless otherwise noted**
Other Posts Against Book Banning and Censorship
Important Articles on the Subject
"Filthy Books Demeaning to Republic Education" (the article that started it all)
"Republic School Book Choices under Fire" (Springfield News-Leader)


  1. We're also doing a giveaway/post share. Have you LISTENED to a banned book lately?

  2. I'm giving away speak too!

    Ends Oct 4.

  3. Wow - thanks for the lists!

    One piece on censorship I've always liked is Stephen King's guest column in the Bangor Daily News.

  4. Yay, more giveaways! Click on the Mindful Musings link in the post to tell Natalie about your contests, if you haven't yet; I think she's keeping that master list updated.

    Thanks for the Stephen King link, Maine-- I hadn't seen that before! Love him.