Bloggers Speak Out (Giveaway of Speak)

September 22, 2010

Bloggers Speak Out is a movement sparked by the recent article, “Filthy Books Demeaning to Republic Education” by Dr. Wesley Scroggins that was published in the Springfield, MO News-Leader on September 18th. In this article, Scroggins vehemently advocates the censorship of books in schools, and specifically requests that the following books be removed from the Republic school system: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler, and Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut. To show our support of these authors and to fight against book banning and censorship, we have decided to take action and speak out.

Below is a list of links of bloggers speaking out against book banning and censorship — in the form of giveaways, posts, and reviews. Some are “officially” participating in what we’re calling Bloggers Speak Out, and others are posts that we’ve found around the blogosphere. If you get time, you should definitely check them out!

In the meantime, I’m giving away a copy of Speak! I’m also reading it for the first time, and plan to post a review tomorrow.

To enter my giveaway, please fill out this form. This one’s simple – giveaway ends at 11:59pm on October 3rd, is open to entries from anywhere that the Book Depository ships, and the winner will be chosen using random.org!

Giveaways of Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

**All giveaways will end on 10/3, unless otherwise noted**

Other Giveaways

**All giveaways will end on 10/3, unless otherwise noted**

Other Posts Against Book Banning and Censorship

Important Articles on the Subject

  • “Filthy Books Demeaning to Republic Education” (the article that started it all)
  • Scroggins’ Official Complaint to the School Board (PDF)
  • “Republic School Book Choices under Fire” (Springfield News-Leader)
  • Laurie Halse Anderson’s Editiorial in the Springfield News-Leader
  • Sarah Ockler’s Editorial in the Springfield News-Leader
  • Natalie @ Mindful Musings’ Letter to the Editor in the Springfield News-Leader
  • Essay: Kurt Vonnegut’s Thoughts on the First Amendment

6 Comments

  • Amy September 23, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Thanks for compiling this list!

    • Carina September 23, 2010 at 1:56 pm

      Thanks, but it wasn’t me who compiled it! The person organizing the Blogger Speak Out did. 🙂

  • damyanti September 23, 2010 at 9:27 am

    Awesome! Off to Tweet and Facebook this list!

  • Iris September 23, 2010 at 11:49 am

    I love that you compiled a list! I haven’t read Speak and this controversy has made me want to really badly. It is an important subject but I feel like I would be more qualified if I had read the book?

    • Carina September 23, 2010 at 1:56 pm

      I hadn’t read it until last night, either. Now I have, and I’m really glad I did – it was fantastic!

  • The Book Vixen September 25, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Thanks for the opportunity! I haven’t read Speak but I really want to, especially now.

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