Celebrate Freedom to Read Week!
February 23 – March 1, 2014
From “Champions of Free Expression”:
“Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Freedom to read can never be taken for granted. Even in Canada, a free country by world standards, books and magazines are banned at the border. Schools and libraries are regularly asked to remove books and magazines from their shelves. Free expression on the Internet is under attack. Few of these stories make headlines, but they affect the right of Canadians to decide for themselves what they choose to read.”
At almost every library at UBC you will find books that have been banned somehow, somewhere. Here are some titles at Xwi7xwa that have been banned:
This book has been challenged and banned from many school curricula as a result of the language and depiction of abuse, depression and suicide. Alexie’s response to his book being banned from schools is “I write to give them weapons–in the form of words and ideas-that will help them fight their monsters. I write in blood because I remember what it felt like to bleed.”