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Celebrate the Week: Read a Banned Book!

Read Banned Books

September 21-27 is Banned Books Week. Here we offer a list of titles that have been challenged, restricted, removed, or banned in 2013 and 2014.

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Why My Next Book Won’t Be Set in Dubai

Craig Hawes

Craig Hawes describes how his book of short stories set in Dubai was pulled from bookstores in the UAE and reflects on the state of censorship in the country.

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Writers in Exile Boost Afghan Writers at Home

Atiq Rahimi, pictured, is among the most influential Afghan writers in exile.

Asharq Al-Awsat notes, ‘Afghanistan, which has long been engulfed in civil war, is producing a wave of migrant literature that is having a positive impact on the literary scene at home.’

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Why Does Singapore Hate Gay Penguins?

And Tango Makes Three

The National Library Board in Singapore is removing and destroying three children’s books featuring plots with gay or nontraditional families.

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Florida School Pulls Doctorow’s “Hacker Culture” Novel From Reading Program

Little Brother

Cory Doctorow’s novel ‘Little Brother’ has been cut from a Florida schools summer reading program after the principal accused it of promoting ‘hacker culture.’

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With Books, US Was More Prudish Than Europe, Says Law Historian

William Morrison, left, with James Zirin

James Zirn’s ‘Mother Court,’ a history of legal cases in the the Southern District of New York, recalls a failed attempt to censor Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’ in the US.

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Novelist Chan Koonchung Remains Banned, But Big in China

Chan Koonchung

Chinese novelist Chan Koonchung says he writes for ‘his Beijing friends’ though they can’t buy his books. Here, he discusses censorship, Tibet and his new work.

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Berlin’s Re:publica14: Making the Internet Strong and Free

Republica 14

Re:publica14 in Berlin offered a glimpse into the German internet psyche, which is consumed with issues of net neutrality, censorship and political pranks.

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Jakarta’s ASEAN Literary Festival Spotlights Regional Realities

ASEAN literary festival logo

The first ASEAN Literary Festival spotlighted several regional issues, in particular the dearth of literary exchange, among countries in Southeast Asia.

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Could Russia Return to Soviet-era Style Censorship?

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Russian writers are battling a new government-led Literature Assembly, which they view as an effort to control over authors and a possible return to censorship.

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