Free Expression

ABFFE’s Finan Receives Freedom to Read Foundation Award

Chris Finan, president of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, long-time member of the Media Coalition, and member and chair of the Board of the National Coalition Against Censorship, has been named the recipient of the American Library Association’s 2011 Freedom to Read Foundation  Roll of Honor Award.

ABA Urges Calls to House on Patriot Act

ABA is urging booksellers to immediately contact members of the U.S. House of Representatives to oppose a bill that extends provisions of the USA Patriot Act for six years without restoring safeguards to protect the privacy of bookstore and library records.

ABFFE to Benefit From Bestselling “Banned Book” Jewelry

ABFFE announced today that award-winning jewelry designer Carolyn Forsman, creator of the bestselling “I Read Banned Books” bracelets, has joined its affiliate program.

A Q&A With Laurie Halse Anderson

Award-winning author Laurie Halse Anderson talks to ABFFE President Chris Finan about her role as chair of the ABC Children’s Group Silent Auction at BEA, the challenges to her books in schools and local libraries around the country, and the effects these have had on her, on kids, and on other writers.

BEA Events Spotlight Free Speech Rights of Kids

Attacks on the free speech rights of children will be the focus of two events on Wednesday, May 25, at BEA. At the first, authors Laurie Halse Anderson and Robie Harris will join librarian Pat Scales for “Book Banning 2011: A Report From the Front Lines of the Battle for Free Speech,” moderated by Joan Bertin of the National Coalition Against Censorship.

Auction of One-of-a-Kind Artwork to Benefit ABFFE

All BEA attendees are invited to the ABC Children’s Group Silent Auction and Reception to benefit the new ABFFE Fund for Free Speech in Children’s Books. Tickets for the May 25th evening event are on sale now.

ABA Board Encourages Booksellers to Resume Patriot Act Fight

The ABA Board of Directors has sent a special appeal to their fellow booksellers to resume the 10-year-old battle to restore the safeguards for reader privacy that were eliminated by the USA Patriot Act.

Hawaii Bill Holding Publishers Liable for Tourist Injuries Dies in Committee

Hawaii House Bill 548 died in the state’s Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor this week, following months of opposition by Media Coalition, whose members include ABFFE and AAP.

Massachusetts Legislation Removes Restrictions on Internet Content

On Monday, April 11, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed legislation addressing constitutional flaws in a statute that was challenged by a coalition including Harvard Book Store, Porter Square Books, ABFFE, and others.

BTW News Briefs

Eisenberg wins Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction; Voting opens for Children’s Choice Book Awards; Algonquin Book Club to host author webcast from bookstore; Finalists named for the Lammys and Triangle awards; Banned books return to shelves in Tunisia and Egypt

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