Chris was the recipient of the 2011 Roll of Honor Award for his decades of work advancing the cause of free access to information.
Chris is Executive Director of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression.
Among his many accomplishments is his book "From the Palmer Raids to the Patriot Act: A History of the Fight for Free Speech in America," which received the ALA/Intellectual Freedom Round Table’s Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award in 2008.
THANK YOU, Chris Finan, for your many years of service to the Freedom to Read Foundation. Your vision, leadership, and energy have contributed much to the Foundation.
Thank you for your unwavering commitment to intellectual freedom for three decades, as demonstrated by your important work as president of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, as member and chair of the National Coalition Against Censorship board, and as a part of the Media Coalition.
Thank you for your longtime involvement in the fight against censorship, including your continuous advocacy for and defense of First Amendment rights at national, state, and local levels. Your efforts continue to strengthen the free expression rights of booksellers, librarians, library users, publishers, and all who produce, distribute, or use First Amendment-protected materials.
Thank you for your tireless activism in support of reader privacy and for your advocacy for amending the Patriot Act to protect that privacy in libraries and bookstores.
Thank you for your efforts to create and make available extensive resources on free speech, censorship, and reader privacy. Thank you in particular for your steadfast support for and promotion of Banned Books Week to booksellers and others.
Thank you for working to protect the free speech rights of young people, including your leadership of the Kids’ Right to Read Project.
Thank you for your thorough and eloquent documentation of the history of free speech, including the role of librarians and booksellers, from World War I through the immediate post 9/11 years in your book From the Palmer Raids to the Patriot Act: A History of the Fight for Free Speech in America.
Thank you, Chris, for exemplifying what it means to be an advocate for the freedom to read.
Kenton Oliver, President Barbara M. Jones, Executive Director