To learn more about banned books and the history of censorship, add “120 Banned Books” to your reading list. And for a more recent list of challenged titles, be sure to visit the American Library Association’s banned books web page at www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks. I’d like to end this column with a quote from Salman Rushdie, the author of “The Satanic Verses” and one who knows all too well the dangers of censorship: “What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.”
Jan Johnston is the collection development coordinator for the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.