Joining the annual celebration of the right to read, US author Jessica Herthel called for 'more information, more voices' to protect diversity

This article titled “Banned Books Week launches with call to read books the ‘closed-minded' want shut” was written by Alison Flood, for theguardian.com on Monday 26th September 2016 08.49 UTC

The author of a children’s picture book chronicling the transgender journey of Jazz Jennings has urged readers to celebrate Banned Books Week this year “by picking up a book that some closed-minded person out there wanted desperately to keep out of your hands”.

America’s annual celebration of the right to read, which has been joined by authors and readers in the UK, kicked off on Sunday with a series of displays, events and readings across the US, focusing for 2016 on diverse books. According to the American Library Association, more than half of all banned books are by authors of colour, or focus on diverse communities.

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