Friday, September 24, 2010

Bloggers Speak Out

In light of the recent controversy surrounding the Springfield News-Leader article by Dr. Wesley Scroggins, Natalie over at Mindful Musings has invested her time and energy to organize Bloggers Speak Out.

I'm glad to be participating in this event! You can see my anti-censorship post and giveaway here.

The participating bloggers are posting reviews, responses, and giveaways. You can still join by emailing Natalie! The events will be running from September 21 through October 3 (the last day of Banned Books Week). Here are all the participating blogs:

Bloggers Speak Out is a movement sparked by the recent article, "Filthy Books Demeaning to Republic Education" by Dr. Wesley Scroggins that was published in the Springfield, MO News-Leader on September 18th. In this article, Scroggins vehemently advocates the censorship of books in schools, and specifically requests that the following books be removed from the Republic school system: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler, and Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut. To show our support of these authors and to fight against book banning and censorship, we have decided to take action and speak out.

Below is a list of links of bloggers speaking out against book banning and censorship--in the form of giveaways, posts, and reviews. Some are "officially" participating in what we're calling Bloggers Speak Out, and others are posts that we've found around the blogosphere. If you get time, you should definitely check them out!

Giveaways of Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
**All giveaways will end on 10/3, unless otherwise noted**

Other Giveaways
**All giveaways will end on 10/3, unless otherwise noted**

Other Posts Against Book Banning and Censorship

Important Articles on the Subject
"Filthy Books Demeaning to Republic Education" (the article that started it all)
"Republic School Book Choices under Fire" (Springfield News-Leader)

Many thanks to Natalie for hosting this event! It's for such a important cause. Please check out some (or all) of these thoughtful posts!


Coffee and a Book Chick said...

This guy just scares the living *$%@ out of me. I love the response of the blogging community!! I'm blown away as well by her posting and linking of everything!

Cari said...

So glad to see so many bloggers joining together to support this cause.

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