Freedom to Read Week: February 25 – March 3, 2018. The right to read is essential to our democracy and is among our greatest freedoms. The written word is the natural medium for a new idea and the untried voice, from which comes contributions to social growth.

Certain Canadians have long tried to remove books and magazines that ‘they’ deem offensive, or inappropriate for certain audiences, from public libraries and schools. Sometimes they have succeeded and sometimes they have failed. Even in Canada, a free country by world standards, books and magazines are still banned at the border. And books are removed from the shelves in Canadian libraries, schools and bookstores every day. This affects the right of Canadians to decide for themselves what they choose to read.

Short list – books once banned or challenged in Canada.

  • The Hoax of the Twentieth Century.
  • Lethal Marriage.
  • Lolita.
  • The Handmaid’s Tale.
  • The Naked and the Dead.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird.
  • Peyton Place.
  • The Turner Diaries.
  • Deliverance.
  • Of Mice and Men
  • White Niggers of America.

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