If you follow me on Twitter you may already know this but, with a fortnight to go, it seemed only right to make an announcement on here as well:
I am co-hosting a Readathon for Banned Books Week! I am so excited.
From the 23rd to the 30th September, over on the @BBReadathon Twitter account, there will be sprints, facts, reading and, at the end of the week, a chat. All of this will be themed around banned and challenged books which I have become increasingly fascinated with and passionate about.
My co-hosts and I will be running sprints multiple times a day throughout the week, hopefully allowing as many people who want to to join in.
Twitter will also be used to share facts about Banned Books Week, censorship in literature, and individual banned or challenged titles, share updates on reading progress, and make any announcements that seem relevant during the time. In essence, I am hoping that from Sunday 23rd – Sunday 30th it’ll feel like a big, online, friendly reading group. Fingers crossed.
Because we wanted to make this as accessible as possible, the only ‘challenge’ is to read as many titles that, have somewhere, somewhen, been challenged or banned as possible. Lists of such titles are fairly easy to find but the ones I have found to be most helpful are:
- 50 Banned Books – Banned Books Week UK
- YA Banned Books – Banned Books Week UK
- Books Banned by Governments – Wikipedia
- 10 Books they tried to ban – Penguin
Googling ‘is [title of book] a banned book’ can also yield some interesting results.
If you have any comments or queries about this, please don’t hesitate to ask. Either use the comments section below or tweet me using either @ReDewhurst or @BBReadathon.
Come and join us at @BBReadathon and lets fight censorship!
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