Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Speak Loudly and Win a Copy of Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson!


By now I'm sure most YA bloggers out there have heard about the guy who wants to ban Laurie Halse Anderson's SPEAK, and how he wrote an article likening rape to pornography. If you haven't yet heard about it, you can read what Laurie herself has to say here on her blog.

Now I don't usually blog about things like this. Not because things don't bother me, but because people say everything so much better than me. However, I feel the need to join in this time, because what this man said was disgusting and plain wrong. Rape is not pornography. It's anything but. Rape is a crime, an attack, an abuse.

I'm a firm believer that books should never be banned, no matter what people say about them. Banning books is not a good thing to do: what will kids turn to then? What will help them get through day-to-day life? Without the freedom to read, what do we have left?

If you're on Twitter, follow the #SpeakLoudly hashtag. People all over the world are speaking up for SPEAK, and rightly so. If you haven't seen it already, here's a video of Laurie Halse Anderson reading Listen, a poem she wrote that's made up of letters and emails from readers of her book.




I know it's not a huge help, and it won't make an impact in the grand scheme of things, but I'm doing it anyway: I'm giving away a copy of SPEAK. If The Book Depository will ship to your country, you're eligible to enter. I'm paying -- they're shipping. Closing date is September 27th. Just leave your name and email address below, and you're good to go.

Don't forget to Speak Loudly for SPEAK!

9 comments:

Melissa said...

It's so important to #speakloudly...it's amazing how clueless some people are.

Kulsuma said...

thank you for SPEAKing up!

Meredith said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Susie said...

I'm baffled by any effort to censor books (you won't catch anything by them being on a shelf near you: no really, I promise) anyway, but this guy's mischaracterisation is hugely offensive. Having just read Speak for the 1st time (I know, where have I been) it breaks my heart to think of any reader being deprived of that experience. This is such an important book. Thank you for putting it into someone else's hands.

Francesca said...

Thank you Jenny!

♥Iffath said...

Thanks for this, Jenny. I know what you mean about ranting, I never post about stuff like this because I know everyone will just say it better than me.

The Book Vixen said...

I'm glad this topic is being talked about. We're not going to take this sitting down.

Aylee said...

Thanks for talking about this and thanks for the giveaway!

latishajean said...

Thank you for taking part in this and speaking out !