Welcome to Books That Saved My Life, the site features essays and interviews by and with writers, artists and others about books that saved them in one way or another. The first issue launched on September 27th, in honor of the start of ALA’s Banned Books Week. The idea is to celebrate books as lifesaving rather than “dangerous.”
What with politicians’ “rhetorical” interest in banning books and pernicious anti-privacy laws (beginning with the Patriot Acts and most recent FISA bill) we wanted to create a place for people to celebrate those dangerously subversive books that get so many people’s panties in a bunch as well as a place to read interesting, passionate stories about the books we love.
If you have pieces about books that changed your life I hope you’ll send them in. Email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here for more info on Banned Books Week and here for a list of most challenged books/authors of 2008.
Art by Mathew McFarren