Free Expression

    ABA Condemns President Trump’s Demand to Halt Publication of Wolff Book

    Lawyers for President Trump are demanding that publisher Henry Holt “cease and desist” from the publication of a new book by Michael Wolff about the president. The publisher has announced it will publish on January 5, and ABA CEO Oren Teicher has issued a statement calling the demand a “dangerous precedent” and strongly defending the publisher.

    Protesters Attempt to Shut Down Author Event at Green Apple

    Protesters demanded that the bookstore cancel the scheduled in-store appearance of Francisco Cantú, a former Border Patrol officer who is promoting his debut memoir, The Line Becomes a River.

    NCAC’s Chris Finan Talks Free Speech at PubWest

    At the annual PubWest conference, National Coalition Against Censorship Executive Director Chris Finan spoke to publishers about the current state of free speech in the U.S. 

    ABFE Urges State Department to Step Up Efforts to Free Chinese Bookseller

    The American Booksellers for Free Expression asked the U.S. State Department to “redouble its efforts” on behalf of publisher/bookseller Gui Minhai, who has again been detained by Chinese authorities.

    ABFE Free Speech Report

    Over the past month, the American Booksellers for Free Expression has been busy working with free speech groups to oppose a number of attempts by schools or courts to censor books and to limit free speech.

    ABA Promotes David Grogan to Director of ABFE, Advocacy and Public Policy

    ABA’s David Grogan has been promoted to Director of ABFE, Advocacy and Public Policy, integrating the operation of the American Booksellers for Free Expression and ABA's advocacy work. 

    U.S. State Department Calls on China to Free Missing Bookseller

    The U.S. State Department has called on Chinese authorities to free Gui Minhai, a Chinese-born Swedish national and bookseller who was abducted by Chinese agents while traveling by train to Beijing.

    Trump’s Attempt to Halt Publication of Fire and Fury Sparks Condemnations, Spurs Sales

    The American Booksellers Association issued a statement calling the demand a “dangerous precedent” and strongly defended publisher Henry Holt & Co., which released the book early, on January 5.

    Polls Reveal Public’s Shrinking Support for First Amendment Rights

    Washington Post reporter James Hohmann’s recent blog post cites polls conducted since Donald Trump became president that show eroding public support for the First Amendment.

    Revolution Books Stands Up to the Alt-Right

    Revolution Books in Berkeley, California, has been standing strong in the face of attacks by alt-right activists attempting to intimidate the store’s customers and staff.

    Booksellers Mark Banned Books Week With Parties, Giveaways & More

    From September 24 to 30, indie booksellers across the country celebrated Banned Books Week and this year’s theme, “Our Right to Read.”

    Booksellers Fête Free Speech for Banned Books Week

    Banned Books Week is September 24 to 30, and booksellers across the country are readying displays, events, promotions, and social media campaigns designed to spark debate and reflection about the nature of censorship and the rights of citizens to select their own books.

    Ingram’s Banned Books Week Promotion Begins August 31

    This year’s Banned Books Week promotion from Ingram features an additional discount on more than 450 banned or challenged titles.

    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


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