Sunday, November 02, 2008

A crazy idea?

It was Banned Books Week, from September 27-October 4, 2008.

So I had this idea...which I suppose like all ideas at 11 PM...in the cold light of day will sound totally crazy. I want to create a book group...but a banned or controvorsial book group. So I wanted to write it out and put it out there. This would include any books that have been banned or have been controvorsial at some point at some place. Strangely this is not such a small group. It includes the Harry Potter books (banned for witchcraft), The Satanic Verses, the new Jewel of Medina, etc.

I am so into freedom of speech that I'm surprised I didn't think of this before.

Here's the banned books site at UPenn. The books range from Little Red Riding Hood to Ulysses.

Here is the banned books page from the ALA.

Here is the banned books page in wikipedia.

I think this would be a really interesting book group. So, I am going to work on it and put it out there. See how many others are interested. I'm thinking like 8 members or so. Will post it on glocals, I think.

What do you think?

3 comments:

Sherry Jones said...

If you decide to include "The Jewel of Medina," I will be available to join your discussion! Let me know. I'm having follow-up comments emailed to me.

Martin said...

You should use ning.com to start a social network for your banned books, it's a pretty good site. The functionality they offer is pretty good.

Jawahara Saidullah said...

Hi Sherry. Wow! Thanks for visiting. I was definitely thinking of including The Jewel of Medina and would love to have you join us...of course, this would be in Geneva, where I right now. Let me work on creating this group, and I'll get in touch with you.

Could you email me at jsaidullah@gmail.com so we can take this offline if we need to?

Martin, thanks for the recommendation. Did you get my response to your question? Hope it helped.