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What are the threats of book bans?

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Note from Opinion Editor Amelia Robinson: Banned Books Week begins September 18th. It began in 1982 in response to the literary challenges found in libraries, schools and bookstores.

Mark Hiser is a lifelong book lover. When he was a sophomore in high school, his English teacher opened his eyes to the beauty and power of the written word. His early love for literature led him to his 45-year career teaching English at the high school and college level. Now Mark is retired, but he participates in several book groups and writes a monthly newsletter about books.

Earlier this year, the American Library Association reported a record number of book challenges.

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I am a retired high school English teacher and adjunct university professor of writing, with nearly 45 years of literature teaching experience.

Mark Hiser is a lifelong book lover. When he was a sophomore in high school, his English teacher opened his eyes to the beauty and power of the written word. His early love for literature led him to his 45-year career teaching English at the high school and college level. Now Mark is retired, but he participates in several book groups and writes a monthly newsletter about books.

Across the country, organized groups are silencing and silencing the voices and lived experiences of those who identify as Black, Indigenous, people of color, and/or LGBTQ+.

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They challenge and ban books in school libraries and take such challenges to public libraries, courts and Congress.

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