Okay, so here’s the deal.
Banned Books Week is coming up fast: September 26th-October 3rd. I’d like to do something this year that requires audience participation.
What’s the best way to do that?
Why, offering swag, of course!
So, here’s the deal: go find something on one of the ALA’s Frequently Challenged Books Lists. Titles on the google map of challenged and banned books are eligible for this as well, or, if there’s a book you know of that’s been challenged/banned and doesn’t show up on any of these lists, that’s okay, too, just drop me an email outlining the circumstances behind the bannination.
Found something? Good. Now, go pick up a copy (preferably, of course, from your local independent bookstore), and get reading!
Here comes the part where I make you work for it: review what you’ve read. It’s your review; you can say whatever you’d like. Want to talk about the banning? Go ahead! Want to write a straight-up book review? Sure thing! If you have a blog, post your banned book reviews there anytime from now until Banned Books Week ends on October 3rd and send me a link. If you don’t have a blog, you can email the reviews to me (falconesse at gmail dot com) and I’ll post ’em here.
Everyone who participates will receive a shiny ALA 2009 Banned Books Week button.
Whoever reads and reviews the MOST banned books gets the superawesome tote bag you can see here, proclaiming to the masses that you, yes YOU read banned books and are damned proud of it!
If you’re thinking of participating, I’d ask that you stick a note in the comments here so I can get a ballpark idea of how many buttons I should order, and even hopefully get them out to you before Banned Books Week begins.
Have at it!