Why Banning Books is ‘just wrong’

During National Banned Books Week, ASU Professors James Blasingame and Sybil Durand discuss issues in Q&A

Sex, profanity and violence: Two of the foremost experts on censorship in young adult literature say that no other topics are more likely to get a book banned.

“If we’re preparing our young people to be adults,” Blasingame said, “then they’re ready to read about adult subjects.”

Banned Books Week promotes the freedom to read and brings books that have been challenged during the year into the spotlight. Since 1982, more than 11,000 books have been challenged by schools, public libraries and bookstores, according to the American Library Association. This annual commemoration aims to explore the effects of censorship while encouraging people to read a banned book and exercise their First Amendment rights.

Even the mistaken identity of the author can get a book banned, according to Dr. Jim Blasingame. Video by Deanna Dent/ASU Now.

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