ABFFE Announces Reading List to
Teach About Violence in American Life

ABFFE: Selected Reading List on Youth and ViolenceFollowing the shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression began to compile a list of books that booksellers could recommend to customers who want to learn more about violence in American life, particularly as it affects young people. ABFFE has selected 30 titles that were recommended by members of its Board of Directors, booksellers and publishers. The list is highly selective and leans heavily on recent titles because these are the easiest for booksellers to obtain. We intend to keep this list as up-to-date as possible. Therefore, we will be grateful for suggested additions. We would also appreciate your comments on any of the books on our current list. View the list.


Books Don't Kill! Sign a Petition Opposing
Censorship of Violence in the Media

Although Congress has slowed its headlong rush to censor violence in the media, more legislation can be expected when the House and Senate return from recess after Labor Day. In the meantime, the drumbeat of demands for "voluntary" action by the producers and distributors of books, magazines, movies, recordings and video games continues. In July, former Education Secretary William Bennett and a number of U.S. Senators held a press conference to launch a petition campaign to pressure the media to adopt codes of conduct that "establish certain minimum standards for violent, sexual, and degrading material for each medium, below which producers can be expected not to go." In reply, ABFFE and other members of the Free Expression Network ( have issued an "Appeal to Reason" that warns against the danger of both government censorship and self-censorship. We urge you to read the Appeal and sign our petition to demonstrate to Washington that you oppose censorship in any form,


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