Banned Books Week: 11 Canadian books that have been challenged
Banned Books Week, a U.S.-based censorship awareness campaign, takes place Sept. 24-30, 2017. To celebrate, why not read a book that has been challenged?
1. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
What it's about: Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel is set in a near future where woman are enslaved and forced to bear children under a controlling totalitarian regime.
2. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
What it's about: Mariko Tamaki's graphic novel follows two teens who, over the course of a summer at their family cottage, find themselves tangled in a family crisis.
3. The Wars by Timothy Findley
What it's about: Timothy Findley's The Wars follows a troubled young soldier haunted by a family tragedy and traumatized by the horrors of trench warfare.
4. Essex County by Jeff Lemire
What it's about: Jeff Lemire's graphic novel explores what it means to live, work, dream and die in a rural Ontario community.
5. When Everything Feels like the Movies by Raziel Reid
What it's about: Raziel Reid's young adult novel follows a teen who refuses to be anything other than his flamboyant, fashion-loving self.
6. Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro
What it's about: This short story collection from Alice Munro, published in 1971, explores the life of one woman from childhood through the passage of womanhood.
7. The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler
What it's about: Mordecai Richler's classic novel, first published in 1974, follows a precocious young Montrealer.
8. Underground to Canada by Barbara Smucker
What it's about: Barbara Smucker's young adult novel follows a girl who uses the Underground Railroad to escape slavery.
9. Three Wishes by Deborah Ellis
What it's about: Deborah Ellis's Three Wishes, a nonfiction book targeted at young adults, follows the lives of children entangled in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Why it was challenged: Three Wishes was challenged for its historical representation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and for its portrayal of Israeli soldiers.
10. The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
What it's about: Lawrence Hill's novel follows a woman who was abducted from her village in West Africa as a child and sent to live as a slave in South Carolina.
11. The Diviners by Margaret Laurence
What it's about: Magaret Laurence tells the story of a single mother living in the Canadian prairies who fights to maintain her independence.