Think back about …

Banned Books

You may have read them, or maybe your children did, but they are now banned in many parts of the country for today’s young readers: To Kill a Mockingbird, Beloved, The Handmaid’s Tale, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, 1984, The Catcher in the RyeHuckleberry Finn — the list goes on and on. Think back … what banned books have you read and how did they affect you? Why is book banning so prevalent? What is its impact on society? Share your Banned Books stories forward.

Stories on This Week's Writing Prompt

Busting a Banned-Book Barbecue
It was a cool gig, for sure.
Untitled
In the late 1960’s, I was asked to appear in front of my local Miami (Florida) Draft Board. The Board wanted me to [...]
Shiva Near the Corned Beef
I recognize that all bannings are not the handiwork of the ignoramus class.
Irresistible–but banned
It was the scrotum of a canine, not even that of a boy or a man that got this award-winning book banned from certain schools [...]
Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte
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In the Midwest, the voice of a wise, sweet spider as been silenced. Charlotte's Web is a banned book. Who would have thought?
Take It To The Limit
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I'm not sure I've ever encountered any banned books, but if I had, I would have made a point of reading them.
Don’t Obey in Advance
I felt uncomfortable packing the book and uncomfortable leaving it behind.
Maus
On May 10, 1933, university students burned more than 25,000 “un-German” books in Berlin’s Opera Square (pictured below). [...]
To Kill a Mockingbird
I was a voracious reader in my day and read many books that had been banned at one some point. I read most of them just for [...]
Dangerous!
I read banned books – to protest their banning of course,  but also because they’re invariably such good reads! As you [...]
1984: The “Groundhog Day” of Banned Books*
When I retired from my firm at the end of 2019, a lawyer with whom I had worked closely for many years gave me as a [...]

New Stories on Old Prompts

Check out the list of past prompts for inspiration.

Past Stories You May Have Missed

My Boyfriend’s in the Band
There was the femmy doorman/bouncer who was ex-military and in a high pitched voice humbly and apologetically told us all the [...]
Prompted By In the Band
October 31, 2016
Muppets as Musical Influence
The magic of Jim Henson's creations affected my composing style in many ways!
May 6, 2016

Think back about …

Banned Books

You may have read them, or maybe your children did, but they are now banned in many parts of the country for today’s young readers: To Kill a Mockingbird, Beloved, The Handmaid’s Tale, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, 1984, The Catcher in the RyeHuckleberry Finn — the list goes on and on. Think back … what banned books have you read and how did they affect you? Why is book banning so prevalent? What is its impact on society? Share your Banned Books stories forward.

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