Book Bans Are Threatening American Democracy—Here’s How to Fight Back

From a Washington Post column by media columnist Margaret Sullivan headlined “Book bans are threatening American democracy. Here’s how to fight back”

When Suzanne Nossel came to PEN America in 2013, the free-speech organization’s long-standing participation in Banned Books Week struck her as slightly out of step with the times.

“It seemed so archaic,” Nossel, who serves as PEN’s chief executive, told me recently. But now, rather suddenly, “this is a matter of pressing national concern.

Almost every day we see a new story about conservatives attempting to stigmatize or outright remove a growing list of books from school or public libraries. A few examples from this latest front in America’s endless and exhausting culture war: