Issue of September 23. 2012

The date of this issue, September 23, is also the starting date of Banned Books Week for 2012. This is seven days each year when you are asked to think about what censorship and bans on what you and others read would mean should those who would impose their own beliefs on you mean. This is an issue worth your time, and in her column Nicki Leone shares one reason why.

There have been many arguments over e-readers vs. books, but this week Elizabeth Creith confesses to her own reasons. They aren’t all because she is antediluvian, either. Ten practical, and hilarious, rationales later she proclaims herself to be Practically Antediluvian.

Banned Books Week may be a national event but for Nicki Leone, who has spent her entire professional life in books, it is also personal. In Amendment I, she talks about an experience as bookstore manager and about a woman “who could not be bothered to read a book and decide its worth for herself would be actively involved in restricting access of books to others.”

Two books, one fiction and one nonfiction, draw Katherine Hauswirth toward the “what if” and “why not?” questions around conventional perceptions of time and mortality and she wonders what dreams/realities “we can create for ourselves” by looking at them in Journey into Hamlet’s Pause.

Lauren Roberts takes a few minutes and words to remind our readers that Banned Books Week is not just a banner week for librarians and bookstores to haul out slogans and pom-poms to remind people that their reading is precious in What’s Not Said.

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