The Parthenon of Books

The Parthenon of Books in the German city of Kassel is the work of Argentinian artist Marta Minujín, who constructed this replica of the Athens monument using 100,000 once-banned books. It is the second time Minujín has built such a temple – the first was in 1983 in her native Buenos Aires using books forbidden by the military dictatorship of Argentina. More info here. Continue reading The Parthenon of Books

To Kill a Mockingbird removed from Virginia schools for racist language

  To Kill a Mockingbird and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn have been suspended from the curriculum in some Virginia schools, after a parent complained about the use of racial slurs. Harper Lee and Mark Twain’s literary classics were removed from classrooms in Accomack County, in Virginia after a formal complaint was made by the mother of a biracial teenager. At the centre of the … Continue reading To Kill a Mockingbird removed from Virginia schools for racist language

Banned Books Week

  Banned Book Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. It is held during the last week of September and it highlights the value of free and open access to information. 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. According to the American Library Association … Continue reading Banned Books Week