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From the American Booksellers Association website, April 4:

This year’s Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the right to read, will be held September 26–October 2, 2021.

Banned Books Week was founded in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community—librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, students, and readers of all types—in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas.

From a July 14 statement by the American Booksellers Association:

An anti-trans book was included in our July mailing to members. This is a serious, violent incident that goes against ABA’s ends policies [sic], values, and everything we believe and support. It is inexcusable.

We apologize to our trans members and to the trans community for this terrible incident and the pain we caused them. We also apologize to the LGBTQIA+ community at large, and to our bookselling community.

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Appeared in the July 16, 2021, print edition as ‘Notable & Quotable: Books.’

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