The Authors Guild Banned Books Club is a free virtual book club held on the social reading app Fable. Each month, the Banned Books Club presents a different work of fiction or nonfiction recently barred in one or more U.S. school districts or states.
Participating readers can log on to Fable anytime during the month to access the moderated book discussion led by the author─or if the author is deceased, a well-known writer who has a special affinity with the work─as well as valuable resources to help them get the most out of their reading experience.
The Authors Guild Banned Books Club is made possible by a generous grant from Hachette.
Now reading: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (led by Sungjoo Yoon)
A classic novel about racism in a small Southern town during the early days of the Depression, To Kill a Mockingbird tells the story of what happens when white attorney Atticus Finch is appointed to defend Tom Robinson, a Black man who has been wrongly accused of raping a white woman. Told from the perspective of Atticus’s six-year-old daughter Scout, To Kill a Mockingbird won the 1961 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and has long been taught in public schools around the country. It has also frequently been banned for using racial slurs and for depicting rape and a “white savior” narrative.
Award-winning teen journalist Sungjoo Yoon will lead the discussion of To Kill a Mockingbird. Yoon is an incoming senior at Burbank High School in Burbank, California, and chair of the Burbank Youth Board. He wrote the New York Times opinion piece “I’m a High School Junior. Let’s Talk About ‘Huckleberry Finn’ and ‘Mockingbird’” in response to the spate of book bans taking place throughout the country.
|Crank||Ellen Hopkins||October 27|
|Two Boys Kissing||David Levithan|
|Speak||Laurie Halse Anderson|
|Red at the Bone||Jacqueline Woodson|
|Lawn Boy||Jonathan Evison|
|All American Boys||Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely|
You can still access the discussion for any of our past Banned Book Club selections in the Fable app.
Stop Book Bans Toolkit
Our Stop Book Bans Toolkit provides templates and details on how to contact your local school board, write to your state lawmakers, or submit a letter to the editor to your local newspaper or radio station.