Free Expression

    Last Chance to Order Banned Books Week Display Kit

    Time is running out for ABA bookstore members that want to receive the 2017 Banned Books Week display kit.

    BTW News Briefs

    Dana Canedy named administrator of Pulitzer Prizes; Indigo Books & Music may expand to U.S.; Status of Affordable Care Act repeal vote uncertain; Celadon Books to launch; Staff changes at S&S Books for Young Readers, Harvard University Press, The Feminist Press; Hugh M. Hefner Foundation award winners, Center for Fiction First Novel Prize longlist, International Thriller Writers’ award winners announced; Little Free Library wins WNBA’s Second Century Prize

    Joyce Meskis and the Fight for First Amendment Rights: A Look Back

    As Tattered Cover Book Store owner Joyce Meskis enters retirement, ABFE Director Chris Finan reflects on how she has defended the First Amendment rights of readers and booksellers over the decades.

    ABFE Director Chris Finan to Leave ABA

    American Booksellers for Free Expression Director Chris Finan is leaving the American Booksellers Association to become the National Coalition Against Censorship’s new executive director.

    Banned Books Week 2017 to Celebrate Everyone’s Freedom to Read

    This year’s Banned Books Week, September 24–30, will celebrate the importance of the freedom to read for all Americans with the theme “Our Right to Read.”

    Mike Bamberger, Free Speech Defender

    ABFE Director Chris Finan looks back at some of the many cases in which Michael Bamberger, general counsel of Media Coalition and the first recipient of the Joyce Meskis Free Speech Award, has defended the free speech rights of booksellers.

    ABA Joins Campaign Supporting Federal Funding for Libraries

    ABA has joined a campaign to urge Congress to continue federal support of America’s 120,000 public libraries. The campaign will be led by a new organization, the Corporate Committee for Library Investment.

    First Amendment Attorney to Receive First Meskis Free Speech Award

    ABA’s inaugural Joyce Meskis Free Speech Award will be presented to Michael A. Bamberger, the general counsel of Media Coalition, on May 31 during the Celebration of Bookselling at BookExpo.

    Free Speech on the BookExpo Agenda

    The importance of defending freedom of speech will be discussed during BookExpo programs presented by American Booksellers for Free Expression and PEN America.

    ABA to Present Four Education Sessions at BookExpo 2017

    ABA education at BookExpo 2017 will feature sessions on hiring for diversity, selling controversial books, and migrating to Edelweiss+, as well as a session for authors interested in working with indies.

    Macmillan CEO John Sargent on the Importance of Defending Free Speech

    In his remarks at the April 25th PEN Literary Gala, PEN Publisher Honoree John Sargent spoke about the importance of defending free speech.

    Audrey Eisman, Former ABFFE Coordinator, Dies

    Audrey Eisman, the former coordinator of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, died on Sunday, April 23, following a long illness. She was 79.

    AAP to Honor Hong Kong Publisher Imprisoned in China

    Attendees at the annual PEN America dinner on Tuesday, April 25, will pause to honor Gui Minhai, the Hong Kong publisher and bookseller who is being held without charge on the Chinese mainland.

    ALA Announces Top Ten Challenged Books in 2016

    Books featuring LGBT characters occupied the first five positions on the American Library Association’s 2016 list of the books that were most frequently banned or challenged in schools or libraries.

    Square Books Creates Broadside Welcoming All

    A year ago, Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi, posted a sign in its front window announcing its welcoming attitude toward everyone who might walk through its doors.

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