YALSA’s upcoming YA Literature Symposium will explore the future of young adult literature. The symposium begins on November 2nd, but we wanted to get a head start here at The Hub, so we’re devoting October to 31 Days of the Next Big Thing. Each day of the month, we’ll bring you forecasts about where YA literature is headed and thoughts on how you can spot trends and predict the future yourself.
It’s that time of year again! While most of the world has no idea to which time I’m referring, those of us who make books our business are perfectly aware that it is Banned Books Week. This is a week we wait for all year: storing up thoughts to share on our blogs and with random passers-by concerning intellectual freedom and the place books play in the dispersion of ideas; carefully considering which books to display in order to get people discussing issues they may not regularly take up; painstakingly deciding how much “shock and awe” our communities can handle as we make banners and posters urging everyone to THINK!
Before we look forward at the next big thing in banned books, let’s take a quick look back at some of the trends in banning and challenging throughout the years.