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It's the 30th annual Banned Books Week in the U.S., a week when the American Library Association focuses on the issues of censorship and intellectual freedom, and celebrates books that are controversial and have been challenged or banned. There's a list of frequently challenged books (in the U.S.) by year here. Wikipedia has a list of books banned by governments all over the world.
Books are challenged or banned for many reasons, usually because someone finds them offensive or inappropriate or because they challenge the status quo. Since themes of sexuality, race, and class are common in challenged materials, I thought this was relevant to VP's interests.
Have you read any books that have been challenged or banned? Do you have a favorite banned book? Some other questions you could choose to engage with: Did you read banned books as a child or teen? How did those books affect you? Are there books that make you uncomfortable enough that you would consider banning them, if you had that power? Are there situations in which a book should be challenged? On the flip side, are there banned books that you think most everyone should read?