One of my good blogging friends is hosting a great event where she stands up for bloggers and banned books. She states, "Bloggers Speak Out is a movement sparked by the recent article, "Filthy Books Demeaning to Republic Education" by Dr. Wesley Scroggins that was published in the Springfield, MO News-Leader on September 18th. In this article, Scroggins vehemently advocates the censorship of books in schools, and specifically requests that the following books be removed from the Republic school system: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler, and Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut."
To show our support of these authors and to fight against book banning and censorship, we have decided to take action and speak out. You can still join in by e-mailing Natalie. Here is her blog URL where you can find her contact information: http://themindfulmusingsbookblog.blogspot.com
We will be running events from Tuesday, September 21st through Sunday, October 3rd (the end of Banned Books Week.)
Also, for those of you who didn't enter yet, I am currently running an International contest for Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.
Summary: Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won't talk to her, and people she doesn't even know hate her from a distance. The safest place to be is alone, inside her own head. But even that's not safe. Because there's something she's trying not to think about, something about the night of the party that, if she let it in, would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens. And then she would have to speak the truth. This extraordinary first novel has captured the imaginations of teenagers and adults across the country.
For contest details go here.