In 2022, book bans and challenges to the freedom to read continued to surge in communities across the U.S., reports Andrew AlbanesePublishers Weekly senior writer. He reviewed coverage of the library beat with me.

In April, Albanese noted, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom announced it tracked 729 challenges involving 1,597 individual titles on public library shelves in 2021—the highest number since ALA began compiling its “most challenged” books list.

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Big Year for Book Bans

During Banned Books Week in September, ALA officials said the number of challenges through the first eight months of 2022 were on pace to shatter the 2021 mark.

PEN America likewise has documented 1,586 attempted book bans and restrictions in 86 school districts across 26 states, Albanese added.

“Both ALA and PEN pointed out that the overwhelming majority of book challenges in 2022 involved LGBTQ+ authors and themes, or issues of race and social justice,” said Albanese.


Author: Christopher Kenneally

Christopher Kenneally hosts CCC's Velocity of Content podcast series, which debuted in 2006 and is the longest continuously running podcast covering the publishing industry. As CCC's Senior Director, Marketing, he is responsible for organizing and hosting programs that address the business needs of all stakeholders in publishing and research. His reporting has appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, The Independent (London), WBUR-FM, NPR, and WGBH-TV.
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