Intellectual Freedom Center
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Authors Speak Out on Censorship
Authors “Speak Loudly”
Sherman Alexie tells us “Why the Best Kids Books Are Written in Blood”
Isabel Allende writes a letter to defend her book The House of the Spirits
Ann Angel shares her comments from YALSA on Janis Joplin Rise Up Singing
Judy Blume has some “Good Words” to share.
Pat Conroy writes a “Letter to the Editor”
Chris Crutcher tells us “How They Do It”
Terry Davis, “The Author of Vision Quest Responds to ‘Hidden Secrets”
Keith Gray speaks out on “Censorship and Writing for Young Adults”
Beth Hammett speaks about the impact of censorship in her life and about her book, Natalie, Diary of a Senior Year.
Robert Lipsyte talks about several of his books and an encounter with one superintendent.
Patty McCormick shares a letter she wrote to a teacher in response to her book CUT.
Wes Moore shares a letter he wrote in response to his book, The Other Wes Moore.
Susan Patron writes a response to her book being censored, The Higher Power of Lucky.
- An article from the Los Angles Times, “Banned in Bakersfield.” The author of What My Mother Doesn’t Know, an acclaimed young-adult novel, reflects on the criticism levied at her and her writing and why parents resort to censorship.
- Letter to a superintendent regarding her book, One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies
- A radio interview on Radio Plus: Between the Lines
Tanya Lee Stone shares an article, she wrote for VOYA, that she feels teachers will find widely useful as it is not book-specific and instead addresses when censorship is due to the topic of sex.
Jeanette Walls speaks out about her book The Glass Castle.
Jane Yolen shares several articles on her book, Briar Rose