Gooooood morning good morning good morning good morning! Welcome to Banned Books Week! Going from the 25th of September to the 1st of October, this is a celebration of the freedom to read. This year’s special focus is ‘Shining the Spotlight on Diversity’ – a cause that I am obviously 100% behind! There’s loads of stuff on the Internet about Banned Books Week, including an official website, along with many read-outs and thoughts on YouTube:
Some of my favourite banned books include:
The Colour Purple (a classic of American literature – everyone must read this)
Brave New World (described by a friend as giving him ‘the best possible existential crisis’)
Persepolis (a graphic memoir about life as a woman in Iran)
Howl (a poetic scream about homosexuality, capitalism, and art)
And Tango Makes Three (one of the most banned books in the world – includes penguins)
A Doll’s House (a play echoing European feminist movements and ideals)
There’s also a fun quiz made by Penguin Random House to help you choose what banned book to try! I got recommended The Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison!
Read a banned book (or two!) this week – they’re often some of the most important works that challenge what is ‘normal’ and what is ‘right’.