Welcome to Season 2 of Banned Book Club at Booksweet!

There’s a LOT of buzz about book bans and challenges these days… but have you actually read the books in question?

In 2022, Booksweet’s Banned Book Club provided a safe, open, in-person space to gather and explore books experiencing bans and challenges in public U.S. schools and libraries, according to the American Library Association. (You can check out our 2022 reading list here, if you’re curious.)

In 2023, we’re kicking off Season 2 of Banned Book Club with an in-shop discussion of What the Fact? Finding the Truth in All the Noise by Dr. Seema Yasmin on Friday, February 10 at 7 pm.

Banned Book Club events are FREE. Teens and adults are welcome. No purchase is necessary. Your Eventbrite RSVP is incredibly helpful to our planning.

ABOUT THE BOOK //

At the time of this writing, What the Fact? is not banned or challenged; rather, it is a timely book about the importance of media literacy, fact-based reporting, and the ability to discern truth from lies. Written for ages 12+, this book is highly accessible and easily invites multi-generational conversation.

Dr. Seema Yasmin is an award-winning journalist, scientist, medical professional, and professor, with a background in public health. She views misinformation as a public health crisis; her book traces the spread of misinformation and disinformation through our fast-moving media landscape and teaches readers of all ages the skills that will help them identify and counter poorly-sourced clickbait and misleading headlines.

ABOUT BANNED BOOK CLUB: WHAT TO EXPECT //

While Season 2 of Banned Book Club will still examine the themes, characters, cultural context, and personal resonance of books currently being banned and challenged in U.S. public schools and libraries, we’re hoping to layer in a few new things this year, including:

1.) Advocacy. At each meeting, we’ll invite readers to participate in an action to defend books, authors, and our freedom to read. We think What The Fact? is a really helpful way to stay grounded in these efforts as we move through the year.

2.) Group Reading List Choice. After our February meeting, we’ll vote on which book to read at our next meeting, using the ALA’s “Top Ten” list as our guide. This will help us be more nimble and responsive to challenges and bans happening in Michigan and elsewhere in our country.

Here’s what will stay the same:

Booksweet will donate 10% of the profits from Banned Book Club reads to the ACLU as part of our annual Banned Books Week celebrations in September. Learn more about the role of the ACLU in defending your freedom to read.

Learn more about health and safety at Booksweet.

See you there, readers!