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2022 set a record for attempts to censor books, American Library Association says

It’s Banned Books Week in the United States — an annual campaign conducted by the American Library Association to bring awareness about demands to censor library books and resources.

In 2022, “the organization’s Office for Intellectual Freedom documented 1,269 examples of such. That’s the highest number of attempted book bans since the ALA began compiling data about censorship in libraries more than 20 years ago,” according to a release.

“As a writer, am I naturally offended by it? Absolutely. But, it dawned on me in one moment that banning books is the greatest marketing scheme to get kids to read books,” said Arizona writer Carew Papritz, author of “The Legacy Letters.”

Carew said he’s especially dismayed that many of the demands recently have centered on books written by, or about, minority communities.

Check out the full conversation with him on the Oct., 17 episode of KJZZ's Word podcast about literature.

Tom Maxedon was the host of KJZZ’s Weekend Edition from 2017 to 2024.