Banned Books Week
In an age of Fake News, Fakebook (sorry Facebook) and wholesale media manipulation, books are more important than ever. Note the outrage of a certain American politician whenever a book is published by one of his former staff members or political commentators. We need books now more than ever. And more than ever we need for those books to be read, not banned. The fact that books get banned tells us all we need to know about how important they are, and how powerful words and books can be. Look to the classics section of any bookshop or library and its shelves will be filled with “banned books”.
Banned Books Week 2018, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, is being held September 23 – 29. The 2018 theme, “Banning Books Silences Stories,” is a reminder that everyone needs to speak out against the tide of censorship.
To mark the occasion we’re delighted to welcome German born, Dundalk resident and author Marcel Krueger to give his Teutonic take on the classic All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque.