"The New Year, like an Infant Heir to the whole world, was waited for, with welcomes, presents, and rejoicings."
-- from "The Chimes"
|The Drawing Room|
|Michael Slater, Emeritus Professor of Victorian|
Literature at Birbeck College, University of London,
reading from A Christmas Carol
|The Dining Room|
|Charles and Catherine Dickens|
|Westsider Books on Broadway.|
Last year I participated in World Book Night for the first time—an experience that was both gratifying and humbling. Passing out free books in a well-lit public location might sound like a situation in which one would be happily welcomed. But the responses I received were most definitely mixed and included irritation, suspicion and pretending-I-didn’t-exist (admittedly, a useful strategy for some NYC moments).
|McCall Smith after signing a book for Ms. Stacked-NYC.|
|Located on the Calle Lunga Santa Maria Formosa in |
the Castello district, the store can be reached either on foot or by boat.
Alta Acqua Libreria translates to "High Water Bookstore."
|Books are arranged on raised shelves, in tubs, and in |
the gondola pictured, to avoid damage during flooding.
|Tourists and Venetians browsing.|
|One of the resident cats.|
Banned Books Week is the national book community's annual celebration of the freedom to read. Hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. The 2012 celebration of Banned Books Week will be held from September 30 through October 6. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982. For more information on Banned Books Week, click here.
According to the American Library Association, there were 326 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2011, and many more go unreported. The 10 most challenged titles of 2011* were: