What We’re Reading
There is a Book for Everyone
Plus new writing prompt: What’s your fav banned book, and why?
let’s all write the next banned books
let the words connect our hearts to rights
let all beings feel seen and understood
even those who’d strike the match-ignite
It’s a call to action for readers and writers alike as we consider the impact of reading freedoms around the world — especially in the U.S, which just celebrated Banned Books Week. After all, classics like J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, and The Color Purple by Alice Walker are routinely targeted for removal from libraries and schools.
Such books are written by the giants of storytelling. They canonize culture and history while also informing much of the writing you read here on Medium.
“Over the last two years, I’ve been intentionally purchasing and reading books that are banned. I wanted to re-read Fahrenheit 451 because of the contemporary resurgence of book banning. But in actually rereading this book, I couldn’t help but marinate on the entanglement between fears about screens, repression of knowledge, disgust towards children, and conflicted visions of happiness.”
Let’s take a poll. How many of you have read books by Sandra Cisneros, Judy Blume, Harper Lee, Richard Wright, Vladimir Nabokov, Lois Lowry, Gustave Flaubert, Stephen King, D.H. Lawrence, Maya Angelou, Khaled Hosseini, Roald Dahl, or John Steinbeck? What would your reading life be like without them?
To quote Levar Burton, now the spokesman for Banned Books Week: “Every book is not for everybody, but there is a book for everyone.”
What’s your favorite banned or challenged book? If you decide to write about it, tag me in the story to let me know or try adding your story to the “banned books” topic.
Adrienne Gibbs — Director, Creator Growth @ Medium
P.S. Did you read our stance on AI and your stories on Medium? CEO Tony Stubblebine addresses the issue here.
Romance author Julia Amante reminds us to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by Reading Great Books
Paul Combs, author of The Last Word, offers a Few Ways You Can Take Real Action During Banned Books Week (Published in Artisanal Article Machine)
Also, last week I asked you to submit your fictional or factual supernatural ghost stories or tales of horror by adding your piece to the tag “Ghoststories23.” You can read all those submissions here but I’ve pulled out some good pieces you can read ASAP!