Banned Books Week 2016


To celebrate Banned Books Week this month, download this list of notable banned books from Islington Libraries.

Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries in the US. Since then, according to the American Library Association, more than 11,300 books have been challenged.

Islington Library and Heritage Services, along with the British Library and Free Word, are celebrating Banned Books week and drawing attention to censorship and free speech working alongside the American Library Association.

The 2016 celebration will be held from Sunday 25 September until Saturday 1 October.

On Thursday 22 September the British Library will launch Banned Books Week with the event ‘Censorship and the author’.

On Tuesday 27 September, the Free Word Centre will be hosting ‘Who Is Afraid of Comics?’

Find out more about Banned Books Week here.


Podcasts for Book Lovers

We’ve put together a list of our favourite reading related podcasts for you to enjoy. From celebrity storytelling to a tour of the fascinating connections between Shakespeare and the world around us, there should be something to suit all tastes.

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The Underground Railroad - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over four decades. Discover the 13 brilliant books that have been chosen for the 2017 Man Booker Dozen. You can download a Readers’ Guide for longlisted title The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead by clicking below.

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Arthur C Clarke Centenary

The Arthur C. Clarke Award is the most prestigious award for science fiction in Britain. The annual award is given for the best science fiction novel first published in the United Kingdom during the previous year. The award was established with a generous grant given by Sir Arthur C. Clarke and the first prize was awarded in 1987 to Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. The winner receives a prize consisting of a number of pounds sterling equal to the current year (£2017 for year 2017).

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