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Banned Books Week at ALA

by on October 3, 2023

ALA Events

Tune in to the American Library Association throughout Banned Books Week (October 1-7, 2023) for a series of free online events featuring authors, librarians, and activists working to fight censorship!  Go here for a list of events or find more information on the Office for Intellectual Freedom Blog.

Dear Banned Author Campaign

Speaking out for banned and challenged books is vital in the fight against censorship. ‘Dear Banned Author’ is a letter-writing campaign that encourages readers to write, tweet, or email banned or challenged authors during Banned Books Week (October 1 – 7, 2023), sharing what their stories mean to them.

Hosted by the American Library Association, ‘Dear Banned Author’ raises awareness of censorship while supporting the power of words and those who write them. Authors have also shared fan letters as support when there’s a public challenge to their books.

Ways to Participate

  • Write a letter or email to a banned and challenged author, sharing how their words have impacted you.
  • Host a letter-writing program at your library or school, bringing writing supplies and a list of author addresses. Use these Tips for Hosting Programs.
  • Reach out to a favorite banned or challenged author by tagging them on Twitter and including #DearBannedAuthor. Use these Tips for Tweeting and Tweetable Postcards.

Get more information about the Dear Banned Author campaign here.