September 24 is right around the corner, and it’s going to be a big day.
2. It’s also the start of Banned Books Week, the week during which we celebrate “the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment” (so says the American Library Association). It takes place this year from September 24 to October 1. Many people like to celebrate by reading a frequently challenged book. For me, this coincides nicely with my plan to revisit The Lord of the Flies, which has been challenged in the past for excessive violence and for racist language, among other things.