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When Dave Connis worked in his local library in Tennessee, contentious books would frequently disappear. They would, he told Index, just “never come back” and instead be “lost” to the world. 

Red Lion Books will be celebrating the much anticipated publication of ‘The Testaments’ by Margaret Atwood with a procession and party.

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This toolkit is also available as a PDF The aim of this initiative is to get Year 10 students reading by engaging them with a list of 20 ‘Banned Books’. The official Banned Books Week is in September.  This year’s Banned Books list focuses on books published since the year 2000, whereas last year’s list…

Rogan’s Books will be celebrating the much anticipated publication of ‘The Testaments’ by Margaret Atwood with a procession and party.

Margaret Atwood's The Testaments

Independent bookshops across the country applied for a prize fund provided by VINTAGE, in partnership with Index on Censorship, to support the biggest and best idea to celebrate publication of The Testaments, the long-awaited sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, published 10th September. 

To celebrate the release of Margaret Atwood’s Booker-nominated new novel The Testaments, Storysmith Bookshop in Bristol is holding a very special book club to talk about her classic masterpiece The Handmaid’s Tale.

Book-ish will be celebrating the much anticipated publication of ‘The Testaments’ by Margaret Atwood with an evening event and Old Skool midnight opening

Nothing defined 20th-century American culture quite like the comic book. But soon after after comics rose in popularity, the industry drew criticism.

This provocative and lively evening aims to challenge the notion of censorship through fresh and insightful engagement with work once thought too scandalous for the bookshelves.

Iowa resident Paul Dorr stands accused of fifth-degree criminal mischief after making a live Facebook video in which he burned LBGT-themed library books. Now his attempt to convince the judge that the case against him was a violation of his First Amendment rights has failed.

Inspired by our friends Book-ish in Crickhowell, Index on Censorship and VINTAGE are coordinating a nationwide series of publication-day celebrations and midnight openings at independent bookshops across the UK as part of Banned Books Week UK to celebrate the publication of Margaret Atwood’s highly anticipated The Testaments (sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale) on 10 September….

There are HUNDREDS to choose from. Not sure where to start? See our top 50 suggested titles here.

These young adult banned books have been challenged for a variety of reasons like sex, drugs, or bad language.

Each participating school should get 20 books. This should enable one Year 10 class to work with the Young Adult Banned Books per half term.

These young adult banned books have been challenged for a variety of reasons like sex, drugs, or bad language.

Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale – voted favourite banned book of this year’s Censored Summer Reads Campaign.

The Handmaid’s Tale? Harry Potter? The Colour Purple?  What’s your favourite banned book?

Annual event celebrating the freedom to read takes place 23-29 September Libraries, bookshops and schools nationwide urged to get involved National organisations encouraging everyone to read a “banned” book Slate of events will explore the censorship of ideas UK-based organisations will host events across Britain this year to mark Banned Books Week: bringing the internationally-celebrated…

For the third year running in the UK we are holding events and activities on the topics of Banned Books, Censorship and the Freedom to Read, made possible by the partnership between Index on Censorship, The British Library, English PEN, Free Word and Islington Library and Heritage Services, Media Diversified, The Publishers Association, the Royal Society of Literature and Spread the Word in association with the ALA.

Young adult author Claire Hennessy and Saqi Books publisher Lynn Gaspard joined journalist David Aaronovitch in conversation.

Award-winning journalist David Aaronovitch was joined in conversation with Irish young adult author Claire Hennessy and Saqi Books publisher Lynn Gaspard.

But what are the censors so afraid of? Here are 10 books banned in 2017 to give us an idea.

To celebrate the freedom to read, Index on Censorship staff explore some of their favourite, and some of the most important, banned or challenged books.

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