This marks the 30th Anniversary of the American Library Association’s annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States. To commemorate the occasion, the ALA has created a timeline of significant banned and challenged books for each of the past 30 years. It turns out that many of the books featured on the timeline are among our favorites. Click on the book covers and find out what we have to say about these books that would have been sorely missed had we not had the opportunity to read them.
10/5/12 UPDATE: Here are the Best of Banned Books Week interviews all in one place, in case you’ve missed any!