This week is Banned Book Week!
Banned Books Week is the only national celebration of the freedom to read. It was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than a thousand books have been challenged since 1982. The challenges have occurred in every state and in hundreds of communities.
In support of banned book week, you might want to read my vampire novels, The Dancing Valkyrie and The Vampire Valkyrie.
While neither book has been officially banned, both have been rejected by some local book stores for the usual reasons: too much explicit sex, too many four letter words, religious viewpoints not compatible with the Christian Right, etc.
The fact of the matter is many books are prevented from reaching a wide audience because of content. To the best of my knowledge, Amazon will list anything published, as they do mine, but many book stores quietly ban what they deem inappropriate - which can be anything.
For more info, go to http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/