Thursday, 27 September 2012

Banned Books giveaway

To celebrate Banned Books Week I'm giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card to one follower of this blog to buy a book of their choice. This giveaway is open to international followers. If you don't shop at Amazon.com I can send you a gift card from any other Amazon store or a book of the same value from the Book Depository.

Congratulations to Teo who has been chosen as the winner using random.org and contacted via email.

You and I are lucky enough to be able to read just about any book we would like to read. We can buy it online or from our local bookshop; borrow it from the library; or download it to an ereader, computer or smartphone. As you know, others aren't so fortunate - their reading materials are censored or banned and, in some cases, writers are imprisoned for writing books that their governments disapprove of. You can read about the plight of writers in prison over at English PEN. I have written to some of them, and sent books to them, and you can do the same if you're interested. Information about International PEN here. In my dystopian novel, The Miracle Inspector, schools and libraries have been shut down in London. There is no access to information. Without books, education and information, people are ignorant and fearful. We need books! It doesn't matter if we read them on an ereader or buy print books or borrow them from the library - books are important.

Banned Books Week is a celebration of the freedom to read, organised by the American Library Association. It draws attention to drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States. Here's a list of 100 banned books chosen by librarians in the UK. .

This giveaway is now closed. It was hosted by I am a Reader not a Writer and I Read Banned Books. Please visit their blogs to see the other sites taking part.

6 comments:

M.C. said...

Interesting to see the similarities and differences among the banned books in the US and the UK.

Natalie Cleary said...

GFC as nat cleary

Diana_Dimovska said...

Thanks Helen! :)

Helen Smith said...

Thanks, M. C., Natalie & Diana.

The differences in the banned books are interesting, aren't they?

Jake said...

Follow you on Goodreads as enjoy your insights from a different perspective than those in United States. Thank you for opportunity to refresh recollection of all banned books I have read.

Helen Smith said...

Thanks, Jake.