Sunday, September 26, 2010

Banned Books Week 2010 - September 25 - October 2, 2010 - Giveaway

Banned Books. The phrase makes my hair curl, well curl more. Read something that you find objectionable? You could stop reading. You could make sure that your children don't read it. But trying to ban it so that others can't read it. No. As the ALA poster above says, "Think for Yourself and Let Others Do the Same." Really!

The American Library Association has a lot of information about banned and challenged books here. You can read or download a PDF of books challenged or banned in 2009-2010 here.

The ALA describes Banned Books Week much better than I:

Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.  Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.
Read more here.

Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association; American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression; the American Library Association; American Society of Journalists and Authors; Association of American Publishers; and the National Association of College Stores. It is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

What: The Qwillery is giving away a copy of Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy 1) by Richelle Mead and a copy of  Marked (House of Night 1) by P.C. Cast to one commenter.

Why: Both the Vampire Academy series and the House of Night series were banned in their entirety including unpublished books by the same school district last year.

How:  Just leave a comment.

You can receive additional entries by:

1) Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2) Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3) Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

When: The giveaway is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Giveaway ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Monday, October 4, 2010 so have your comment in by then.


  1. Thanks for the giveaway!!!

    +1 GFC follower


  2. Great Giveaway!! I can't believe people just ban books left right and centre. They need to read these books before doing such a thing!

    +1 Follower

    chidoryx AT hotmail DOT com

  3. Great way to celebrate Banned Books Week :-) Will do my bit from Aus and read something that at one point I couldn't!

    + 1 Follower
    + 1 RT (and Facebook)

    lklmoore (at) hotmail (dot) com

  4. It only took me 11 hours after I RT'd the link before I could follow it myself... :)
    I don't know why I am still amazed that there even ARE banned books. But I am. I am also more inclined to read a book someone thinks should be banned, than I might've been before it received that dubious distinction. It's kinda like free advertising for the author, in my mind. :)

  5. I can't stand when people want to ban or censor books. Thanks for the giveaway.

    +1 gfc follower

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  6. I definitely support the aims of this week.

    Congrats to all bloggers who also do so !

    I am a Follower.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  7. I would love to read these books, esp. if they have been banned.

  8. Great giveaway! It's still weird to think that books can be banned. I mean times have changed drastically and there are issues that need addressing.

    +1 I'm a follower


  9. Let the kids read! We can't discourage them by taking away what interests them.

    +1 GFC follower

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  10. Awesome Giveaway. Thanks for the chance.
    GFC follower.

  11. Thanks so much for this giveaway!

    I'm a follower!