It’s Banned Books Week, a celebration of the freedom to read and first amendment rights.
In Marietta, Barking Dog Books and Art co-owner Marianne Monaghan says it’s an important event in the literary world.
“This year we’ve got a big front window with a banned books display and we always mention it in our newsletters – we just try to draw attention to it in whatever way we can,” says Monaghan.
So, what is a banned book? She says they include books that have been banned from school or public libraries due to objections over their content.
“There are also some that don’t actually get banned, they get challenged, but it’s the same kind of idea – there are objections to its content,” explains Monaghan. “It’s not necessarily an attempt by the government, but an attempt by individuals who object to the books.”
We asked Monaghan whether she believes books should ever be banned.
“Part of living in a free society is learning how to make decisions based on as much information as possible and as wide as experience as possible in what’s to be read,” says Monaghan.
She does note she would personally object to selling or making available books that would cause others physical harm, such as a book instructing how to make a bomb. “I would draw the line at something that might be dangerous.”
Marianne Monaghan encourages everyone to read a banned book
this week. For a list of famous banned
novels, click the following link: American Literary Association's Top 100 Challenged and/or Banned Novels of the 20th Century.