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Censored: Regional writers are targets


The Oregonian (Portland)




Portland, Oregon


Mary Ginnane, Oregon State Library, Oregon Intellectual Freedom Clearinghouse

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Three book covers are pictured: The Holy Bible Concordance, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and Where's Waldo

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Because of words like !#%@*#!!!! and pictures of !X##@!!, hundreds of books each year face the prospect of being banned. The urge to purge is as near as your neighborhood bookstore. The Bible: "Counter-revolutionary"; Where's Waldo?: "Dirty things"; One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: "Anti-religious" (Books courtesy of The Catbird Seat)


Even in our modern information society, the censorship of books in libraries and book stores is evident. The American Library Association’s “Banned Book Week” Sept. 28-Oct. 4, 1991 draws attention to books challenged in school and public libraries. Oregon comes close to leading the nation in reports of censorship attempts, due in part to the Oregon State Library’s efficiency in collecting data. A.L.A’s list of book titles that have been banned in the past include the Bible, The Arabian Nights, Blithe Spirit, and Oliver Twist.


Banned Books Week, censorship, challenges

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