Freedom to Read Week, which takes place Feb. 24 to March 2, 2019, highlights the importance of free speech, free expression and how censorship affects us all.
Here are 12 Canadian books that have been challenged.
Margaret Atwood is the author of The Handmaid's Tale. (Jean Malek/McClelland & Stewart)
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.
Why it was challenged: According to Freedom to Read, an organization dedicated to freedom of expression, The Handmaid's Tale was challenged for violence, offensive language and sexual content.
Mariko Tamaki is the author of the graphic novel This One Summer. (Mariko Tamaki/Groundwood Books)
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.
Why it was challenged: According to The Guardian, This One Summer was challenged for inappropriate language and mature themes.
The Wars by Timothy Findley won the 1977 Governor General's Literary Award for fiction. (Penguin)
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.
Why it was challenged: According to Freedom to Read, The Wars was challenged for violence and sexual content.
Jeff Lemire is the author and illustrator behind Essex County. (CBC)
What it's about: Jeff Lemire's graphic novel explores what it means to live, work, dream and die in a rural Ontario community.
Why it was challenged: According to Freedom to Read, Essex County was challenged for offensive language.
Raziel Reid won the Governor General's Literary Award for English-language children's literature in 2014 for When Everything Feels like the Movies. (Ash McGregor/Arsenal Pulp Press)
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.
Why it was challenged: When Everything Feels like the Movies was challenged for offensive language and graphic content.
Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2013. (The Canadian Press/Chad Hipolito/Penguin Modern Classics)
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.
Why it was challenged: Freedom to Read reports that Lives of Girls and Women was challenged for its philosophy and language.
Mordecai Richler was a Canadian journalist and author best known for his novels The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz and Barney's Version. (Ryan Remiorz/CP/Penguin)
What it's about: Mordecai Richler's classic novel, first published in 1974, follows a precocious young Montrealer.
Why it was challenged: The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz was challenged for offensive language and sexual content, according to Freedom to Read.
Underground to Canada by Barbara Smucker won the Canada Council Children's Literature Prize in 1979. (Penguin)
What it's about: Barbara Smucker's young adult novel follows a girl who uses the Underground Railroad to escape slavery.
Why it was challenged: Freedom to Read reports that Underground to Canada was challenged for offensive language.
Deborah Ellis was named to the Order of Canada for her work as a young adult author and for her support of humanitarian causes. (Groundwood Books)
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.
Lawrence Hill is among Canada's most celebrated contemporary writers. (CBC/HarperCollins Canada)
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.
Why it was challenged: The Book of Negroes was challenged for offensive language.
The Diviners by Margaret Laurence won the Governor General's Award for fiction in 1974. (CBC/McClelland & Stewart)
What it's about: Margaret Laurence tells the story of a single mother living in the Canadian prairies who fights to maintain her independence.
Why it was challenged: The Diviners was challenged for blasphemy.
Betty is a graphic novel written by David A. Robertson and drawn by Scott B. Henderson. (HighWater Press)
What it's about: Betty is inspired by the true story of Helen Betty Osborne, a young Cree woman with dreams of becoming a teacher, who was abducted and murdered in November of 1971. The graphic novel shines a light on the many missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada.
Why it was challenged: Betty was challenged for sensitive content.