Bill Moyers Calls Out Book Censors for Banned Books Week
ALA OIF BLOG
Nanette Perez | September 26, 2012
Award-winning broadcast journalist Bill Moyers discusses book banning and the harms of censorship in a new video essay to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week. Banned Books Week is an annual event sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) that recognizes the importance of the freedom to read. Both Bill and Judith Davidson Moyers were named Honorary Co-Chairs of this year’s celebration, September 30-October 6.
In his essay titled “The Bane of Banned Books,” Moyers talks about how libraries provided his first opportunity to indulge his love of reading and learning, and shares his dismay over efforts to remove books from schools and libraries in modern times. The video can be viewed online.
Moyers will also discuss book censorship and Banned Books Week, among other topics, in a “Live Chat with Bill Moyers” on Monday, Oct. 1 at 3 p.m. ET. The live chat can be found online. To participate in the chat, comments and questions can be left on the site or via Twitter @BillMoyers.