The founder of Banned Book Week, Judith Krug, died on Saturday.
Can I just say God bless the American Library Association? And Judith Krug, too. I did not know the ALA had an Office for Intellectual Freedom, but Judith Krug had been heading it since it was established in 1967. I also didn't know about the Freedom to Read Foundation, but Judith Krug has been its executive director since it was founded in 1969.
I was astonished by the list of the top 100 Banned/Challenged Books in 2000-2007. Harry Potter I knew (#1); also Huckleberry Finn (#11). But Bridge to Terebithia? (#20) John Grisham's A Time to Kill? (#60) I don't get it. Who objects to these? And why?
And here's wishing the ALA all the best in finding someone to fill these shoes. Evidently, it's still necessary.