Last week was Banned Books Week in the USA. You can find out more about it at Bannedbooksweek.org. The American Civil Liberties Union also has a superb infographic about banned and “challenged” novels (i.e. titles challenged by the likes of schools, libraries and other state institutions).
Also check out a recent post – and plenty of comments at the end of it – about banned/challenged crime fiction on Margot Kinberg’s excellent blog Confessions of a Mystery Novelist.
Here in Ireland we don’t have a Banned Books Week. Maybe we should have, as a stark reminder of the State’s atrocious treatment of our writers and artists over the decades.
The week should have a special strand to examine the censorship of crime fiction in particular, which was lumped together with porn and a surprisingly large number of “true crime” magazines. Continue reading