Banned Books Week, 2019

For those of us who love to read and love to recommend and encourage reading for everyone, it’s almost impossible to think of banning anyone from reading books. But thus it has been throughout history, and it will sadly continue in many areas of our country and the world. The people who are so frightened of what their children (or others) might encounter in the written word must really know the power of that word.

In this Banned Books Week I could, I suppose, recommend dystopian novels like Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 and even Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. But the imaginative wonders of fiction in any form are enough to celebrate this week, and this article from the September 23, 2019 New York Times says it all so well: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/23/opinion/banned-books-harry-potter.html

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