Dear Writers, Readers, Publishers, Civil Libertarians, and U.S. Citizens:
The ALA's Banned Books week is September 25-October 2.
To Kill a Mockingbird is #4. Huckleberry Finn is still on the list.
The Harry Potter books are the most banned books of the 21st century.
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These are books that were successfully banned around the country. Most on the list seem to be adolescent books dealing with sexuality and/or alternative lifestyles. The only "Crime" novel that I can recall from the list with immediancy is In Cold Blood.
Librarians, of course, believe in the "Freedom to Read" and oppose censorship. We think patrons should be free to censor their own reading choices and parents (not librarians) should be the ones to monitor or allow what their own children read. Books should go on the shelves based on consistently applied (written) Board policies and procedures. Decisions should not be based on popular opinion. Policies should also include fair and accessible avenues for challenging books.
I know several interesting stories of banned books, starting with the first controversial banning of The Grapes of Wrath in Bakersfield after its publication. The growers said the book was "a pack of lies,"
yet there were 125 people on the waiting list for the book. The book was not returned to that library's shelves until the 1960s. There have been other idealistic, brave, principled librarians around the country who successfully confronted censorship. Unfortunately, there must be many more who, pragmatically, (perhaps, for the greater good) need to keep their jobs and maintain the good will of their communities. (As you cynical crime novelist must know is a realistic scenario.)