Literacy & Justice Project

The American Library Association said a reported 273 books were the subject of attempted censorship in 2020, the majority of which centered on issues of race, gender, and sexuality. 

In January 2022, the Wentzville School District removed copies of The Bluest Eye, the debut novel by Nobel Laureate, Toni Morrison, from its school libraries along with three memoirs: All Boys Aren't Blue, Heavy, and Fun Home

Meanwhile, in Tennessee, a school board pulled Maus, the Pulitzer Prize winning graphic cat-and-mouse retelling of the Holocaust from the school curriculum. Looking nationally, Gender Queer is #1 on the American Library Association's list of 10 most challenged books in 2021.

Race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, religion, and apparently even history are taboo subjects in the eyes of an extreme minority. While the efforts to resist the rightward turn away from the democratic principle of free expression are multi-faceted and ongoing, we thought we would try to make a difference in real time for folks who lack access to the material being challenged. 

Support the Project

We are collecting donations to send a copy of The Bluest Eye, Maus, All Boys Aren't Blue, Heavy, Fun Home, or Gender Queer to anyone who signs up for one as funds allow. The more money we raise the wider reach this program will have. Every donation is appreciated! 

Register For Your Free Book

To register to receive a free copy of the banned book of your choice, please fill out the form below. Donations are not required to receive a book.

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Tower Grove Pride!

Saturday, Sept 23, 2023 - 11:00am to Sunday, Sept 24, 2023 - 5:00pm

Left Bank Books and Left Bank Books Foundation are so happy to be at Tower Grove Pride again this year!

Our booth will feature an excellent curated selection of books and gift items featuring LGBTQIA+ issues and authors. We are proud to have featured signings by authors Esme Symes-Smith and Rafael Frumkin from 12pm - 2pm on Saturday and S.L. Coney from 12pm - 2pm on Sunday. The Left Bank Books Foundation will have a station for writing postcards to Missouri legislators about anti-trans healthcare legislation and continuing efforts to ban books in our state. There will also be a way to sign up to receive a free banned book from Left Bank Books Foundation's Literacy & Justice Project, or donate to support that continuing effort. While supplies last, visitors who write a postcard, make a donation, or buy a book or gift will receive 1 free special edition Left Bank Books Pride Rainbow vinyl bag! We will be present all weekend, so swing by our booth for a visit!

Special thanks to independent book publisher Sourcebooks for sponsoring the Left Bank Books Foundation Tower Grove Pride booth and vinyl bags and providing several Sourcebooks titles for sale and giveaway through the Literacy & Justice Project!