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Before I get into today’s post I wanted to take a moment to make an official announcement: I am going to participate in this year’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I will devote my spare time in November toward accomplishing a lofty goal of writing 50,000 words in 30 days. That equates to an average of 1,667 words per day in order to accomplish that goal. But to those who succeed, they will have about 175 pages of a novel written.
The obvious choice for me is to pick up where The Curse of Fierabras left off and continue the story of Dante and Jerek after their escape from the Capital. You can find my NaNoWriMo page here, and I will attempt to leak a few excerpts and updates on my progress throughout the month.
So look forward to the finale of Ogre Hunt in the next week or so.
Last Saturday kicked off an annual event that I have been a supporter of for many years: Banned Books Week. While this post is coming along much later than I would have liked, I simply could not let this year pass by without making some sort of post in honor of this great cause. So here is some information about Banned Books Week.
“Intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular—provides the foundation for Banned Books Week.”
Most often books are challenged with the best of intentions: protecting children and others from perceived potentially harmful information. Depending on each individual, this could be a wide range of things from religious beliefs, violence, profanity, sexuality and ethical matters. There have also been instances where books were challenged for reasons such as police officers being portrayed by pig characters and the author having the same name as someone with disagreeable political views. In the latter case, concerning the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, the accusation was a little off the mark. According to the American Library Association, the top three reasons cited for challenging materials are:
- The material was considered to be “sexually explicit”
- The material contained “offensive language”
- The material was “unsuited to any age group”
There are many places where you can learn more about Banned Books Week and its importance to your First Amendment rights. There are also a lot of lists out there recommending books to read. The following list is far from comprehensive, but it is a great place to start to expand your knowledge.
- Banned and Controversial Books
- Banned Books Week
- 100 Great Banned Books
- 25 Banned Books You Should Read Today
- Delete Censorship
- American Library Association
- 17 Banned Books You Read As A Child
- The 11 Most Surprising Banned Books
Did you read a banned book this week in honor of this event? What is your favorite banned book?
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Eric Storch said:
Good luck next month! Hopefully, we’ll both have something to show for it.
David Wiley said:
Good luck to you, too. Even if I end up with 20,000 additional words next month I will consider it a success!
I am a huge fan of Banned Books Week. My favorites would have to be Of Mice and Men and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Good luck with NaNoWriMo…I will be joining you in the stress and accomplishments of the month! 🙂
David Wiley said:
Oh, I love Of Mice and Men. You mentioned two of the many, many great banned books out there! Best of luck to you next month as well.