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, was challenged for The Handmaid's Tale 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 was challenged for This One Summer 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 follows a troubled young soldier haunted by a family tragedy and traumatized by the horrors of trench warfare. The Wars
Why it was challenged: According to Freedom to Read, was challenged for The Wars 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, was challenged for Essex County 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: was challenged for When Everything Feels like the Movies 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 was challenged for its Lives of Girls and Women 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: was challenged for The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz 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 was challenged for Underground to Canada 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 , a nonfiction book targeted at young adults, follows the lives of children entangled in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Three Wishes
Why it was challenged: was challenged for its Three Wishes 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: was challenged for The Book of Negroes 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: was challenged for The Diviners blasphemy.
Betty is a graphic novel written by David A. Robertson and drawn by Scott B. Henderson. (HighWater Press)
What it's about: 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. Betty
Why it was challenged: was challenged for sensitive content. Betty