This week is National Banned Books Week, and the East Georgia State College Library will mark the occasion with several Lightning Talks by professors.
Beginning at 1 p.m. on September 24 in Room J503, Dr. Dee McKinney will provide a lightning talk on Philip Pullman's fantasy novel The Golden Compass. Following Dr. McKinney's talk, Jessica Todd will speak at 1:20 p.m. about Voltaire's Candide.
On September 26 beginning at 1 p.m., Michael Wedincamp will be in the golf cart on EGSC's Swainsboro Campus doing mobile book readings from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
For our Statesboro Bobcats, Dr. Val Czerny will present "Anne with a B: The Banning of L.M. Montgomery's Red-Haired Girl" at 2 p.m. on September 27. Her talk will be held in the EGSC-Statesboro open meeting area.
Don't miss out on these great events during Banned Books Week!
How many books have you read that have been challenged? Check out the 2017 list of Most Challenged Books!
Top Ten Most Challenged Books for 2017
The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 354 challenges to library, school and university materials in 2017. Of the 416 books challenged or banned in 2017, the Top 10 Most Challenged Books are:
Thirteen Reasons Why written by Jay Asher
Originally published in 2007, this New York Times bestseller has resurfaced as a controversial book after Netflix aired a TV series by the same name. This YA novel was challenged and banned in multiple school districts because it discusses suicide.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian written by Sherman Alexie
Consistently challenged since its publication in 2007 for acknowledging issues such as poverty, alcoholism, and sexuality, this National Book Award winner was challenged in school curriculums because of profanity and situations that were deemed sexually explicit.
Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
This Stonewall Honor Award-winning, 2012 graphic novel from an acclaimed cartoonist was challenged and banned in school libraries because it includes LGBT characters and was considered “confusing.”
The Kite Runner written by Khaled Hosseini
This critically acclaimed, multigenerational novel was challenged and banned because it includes sexual violence and was thought to “lead to terrorism” and “promote Islam.”
George written by Alex Gino
Written for elementary-age children, this Lambda Literary Award winner was challenged and banned because it includes a transgender child.
Sex is a Funny Word written by Cory Silverberg and illustrated by Fiona Smyth
This 2015 informational children’s book written by a certified sex educator was challenged because it addresses sex education and is believed to lead children to “want to have sex or ask questions about sex.”
To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee
This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, considered an American classic, was challenged and banned because of violence and its use of the N-word.
The Hate U Give written by Angie Thomas
Despite winning multiple awards and being the most searched-for book on Goodreads during its debut year, this YA novel was challenged and banned in school libraries and curriculums because it was considered “pervasively vulgar” and because of drug use, profanity, and offensive language.
And Tango Makes Three written by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson and illustrated by Henry Cole
Returning after a brief hiatus from the Top Ten Most Challenged list, this ALA Notable Children’s Book, published in 2005, was challenged and labeled because it features a same-sex relationship.
I Am Jazz written by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings and illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
This autobiographical picture book co-written by the 13-year-old protagonist was challenged because it addresses gender identity.
- Learn more about Banned Books Week and why it is celebrated here!
- Did you miss Dr. McKinney's Lightning Talk? Check it out here!
- Did you miss Professor Todd's Lightning Talk? Check it out here!