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#FTRF45 continues in Chicago Jan. 31 with Jeff Smith

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Those in the Chicago area - and attendees of ALA's 2015 Midwinter Meeting - are cordially invited to the Freedom to Read Foundation's 9th Annual Banned/Challenged Author Event and Fundraiser.  This year's special guest is Jeff Smith, creator of the BONE series.

BONE has been among the most frequently challenged books of the past few years, and Smith has been a strong advocate for the freedom to read, particularly in the comic and graphic novel world. 

For information on tickets, and to learn more, visit www.ftrf.org/event/ChicagoMW. You can also RSVP on Facebook.

Our thanks to Roosevelt University and Scholastic for their support of this event!

Tags:  banned books  Chicago  comic books  FTRF45  Midwinter Meeting 

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Graphic novels & comics will be the focus of Banned Books Week 2014

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Thursday, June 5, 2014
Fun Home by Alison BechdelThe sponsors of Banned Books Week (including the Freedom to Read Foundation) announced yesterday that the theme for 2014 will be banned and challenged graphic novels and comic books.  As the press release notes:

Recently, the acclaimed memoir Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, has been the flashpoint in a university funding controversy in South Carolina, while last year Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi, faced an attempted ban in the Chicago Public Schools. Graphic novels continually show up on the American Library Association’s (ALA) Top 10 list of Frequently Challenged Books. The ALA released its current list in April and includes Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants at the top spot and Jeff Smith’s series Bone arriving at #10.

Two recipients of FTRF's Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund grantsannounced last week—will sponsor programs focused on Persepolis and Fun Home.  More activities will be announced in the coming months.

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund offers a wealth of information and resources about banned and challenged comics and graphic novels.  See in particular their FAQ: Banned Books Week 101 and this rundown of banned and challenged comics.

For updates on FTRF's Banned Books Week 2014 activities, bookmark our BBW14 webpage and follow us on Twitter!

Tags:  Banned Books Week  censorship  comic books  graphic novels 

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