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Here at Books Inc. we love representing banned books, and so this year we’re doing a companywide celebration of them for Banned Books Week 2014! Check out this video to see why.

Join PEN American Center and the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression for readings in celebration of PEN’s Banned Books Month and the poets whose work have been banned throughout history. Hear banned and censored poems by Allen Ginsberg, Walt Whitman, Marina Tsvetaeva, Frank O’Hara, Daniil Kharms, Sappho, and many more, as read by some of today’s best contemporary poets, including Timothy Donnelly, Deborah Landau, Alex Dimitrov, Monica Ferrell, Matvei Yankelevich, Claire Donato, Aimee Herman, Phil Fried, Ana Bozicevic, and others. Beer and wine will be served, free drinks to the first 100 attendees and drink specials after that. (via Paradise Banned: Poetry Readings from Banned Books with Timothy Donnelly, Deborah Landau and More - Events — Housing Works)

Monday, September 30 at 7PM; join us!

Bruce Degen - Sendak by ABFFE on Flickr.

Degen, known for his illustrations for the Magic School Bus series and author and illustrator of his own titles including I Gotta Draw and Jamberry, has painted an image of children dressed up in costumes playing on a brownstone stoop with characters from Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are watching from the windows. While Degen and Sendak did not know one another save for a single meeting, they shared the same childhood experience of being raised in Brooklyn and both incorporated the classic brownstone stoop in their works.

“A stoop in Brooklyn is a playground, a stage, a public forum, and for a young child, an entire world,” Degen explained. “Soon enough the world expands. We leave the stoop, we go and play in the alley up the street, around the corner, out in the world. And once gone, you might never come back. I wondered if it was possible to share memories a little with Maurice Sendak. I tried to combine the characters from I Gotta Draw and The Wild Things in this drawing, as a way to get me and Sendak on the same stoop somehow.” THIS WILL BE AUCTIONED OFF!

BOOKSELLER OF THE MONTH: American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution reads “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

We all have the right to free speech and the ABFFE stands up for booksellers in the fight against censorship.  Founded in 1990, the ABFFE’s mission is to protect the free exchange of ideas, especially in books.  What does this mean?  It means ABFFE works on a local and national level to KEEP BOOKS ON SHELVES!  They work to keep books from being censored or banned.  Some of the most well known and inspirational YA books in our history have been challenged.  Books like Harry Potter, Gossip Girl, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and To Kill a Mockingbird, books that we want to read!  So thank you, ABFFE, for helping our bookstores continue to sell the books we love!

I’m super excited to be apart of this years Children’s Book Art Silent Auctions at the…

I’m super excited to be apart of this years Children’s Book Art Silent Auctions at the BEA this May, 28th! This years auction has a special showcase tribute on everyones beloved storyteller Dr. Seuss.

This 8×8 print which is printed on Premium Giclee Paper is on its way to the ABFFE offices and ready for its new home! If you’re interested in participating in this years auction which supports…

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Bella Pilar
Print, numbered, signed, limited edition
8.5” x 11”
ABFFE auction.

Proceeds support the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression and help underwrite the Kids’ Right to Read Project, which was co-founded by ABFFE and the National Coalition Against Censorship, and Banned Books Week - the only national celebration of the freedom to read.

Kids’ Right to Read Project provides support to students, parents, teachers, librarians and booksellers who are fighting efforts to ban children’s and young adult books in their communities. Since its founding in 2006, KRRP has opposed challenges to 222 titles in 35 states.

Banned Books Week is only national celebration of the freedom to read. Since 1982, booksellers and librarians have mounted displays of banned and challenged works to draw attention to threats to the freedom to read. A total of 464 books for banned or challenged in 2012. This year’s Banned Books Week will be held September 22-28.

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To celebrate Banned Books Week, the staff of Politics & Prose Bookstore put aside our normal introverted bookseller behavior to participate in Banned Books Week’s Virtual Read-Out.

Support American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression by bidding on art from Children’s Illustrators

This yearly auction is hosted by the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) to help support the free speech right for children and ending literary censorship.

The art in this Auction has been donated by leading illustrators in the Children’s book industry. The works included in this auction are original works signed by the artist and high quality prints. 

"My Other Mother" is the fifth film to be produced and air on UP as a direct result of the network’s highly successful “UP Faith & Family Screenplay Competition