What do Gone with the Wind, The Lord of the Flies, The Color Purple, Invisible Man, The Call of the Wild and A Separate Peace all have in common?
No, aside from being books you read in junior high and high school... They were once banned from the public.
Hemingway, Faulkner, Fitzgerald, Orwell, Dreiser, Joyce and Steinbeck have all fallen victim to censors.
The banning and censoring of some very controversial classics has led to an outrage among readers and the creation of Banned Books Week. The annual event celebrates three decades this year with the theme "30 Years of Liberating Literature."
To commemorate Banned Books Week 2012, Sept. 30–Oct. 6, The King's English Bookshop will band together with booksellers, librarians, publishers, educators, lawyers, and other defenders against censorship.
The King's English has scheduled two events, both free and open to the public—a presentation and discussion on censorship by a local expert on First Amendment rights, attorney Jeffrey J. Hunt, on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 12 p.m. and the Banned Books Virtual Read-out, an opportunity for readers to read a brief excerpt (1–2 minutes) from their favorite banned book, on camera, for later upload to YouTube.
On Friday, Oct. 5, 5–7 p.m., local readers are invited to join the nation in a virtual read-out of banned books. All banned books are 10 percent off throughout the week at The King's English.