What is Henry David Thoreau Walden and that of John Steinbeck Grapes of Wrath have in common? They were both forbidden literature at the same time. Feather River College is celebrating Banned Books Week from September 26 to October 2 by providing information and making available titles that were on at least one list of banned books.

At the FRC Library, students can freely read and explore a variety of controversial books, from pillars of pop culture to the Harry potter series and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, to long-standing classics like Canterbury Tales, in titles that are still popular like Kill a mockingbird and Lord of the Flies. Visit the library’s exhibit to learn more about each book, including books burned by the Nazis, books banned as “obscene”, and literary works that fired or arrested people.

Forbidden Book Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. By focusing on efforts across the country to suppress or restrict access to books, Forbidden Book Week draws national attention to the evils of censorship. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the celebration of Forbidden Book Week is the fact that, in the majority of cases, books have remained available. This is only happening through the efforts of librarians, teachers, students and members of the community who stand up and stand up for the freedom to read according to the American Library Association.

Please visit https://frc.libguides.com/library for more information. Here are some examples of prohibited books:


Call of the wild by Jack London, 1903. Banned in 1929 by Italy and Yugoslavia and in 1933 by Nazi Germany.

Flight over a cuckoo’s nest by Ken Kesey, 1962. Banned from, or contested, in nine communities between 1971-2000. Five Ohio residents sued the Board of Education in 1974, saying the book is “pornographic” and “glorifies criminal activity, tends to corrupt young people, and contains descriptions of bestiality, bizarre violence, torture, dismemberment, death and human elimination. “An instructor in Idaho was fired for using the book in 1978. Parents in Placentia-Yorba Linda, Calif., Complained that teachers” can pick the best books, but they keep picking that garbage again. and again ”in 2000.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, 1885. Banned in a Massachusetts public library (1885) and a New York public library (1905) for “foul language” (slang and vernacular English), stating, for example, “he said to sweat when he should have said sweat. The book received bad reviews at the time, such as “the biggest trash can … more suited to slums than to smart and respectable people.” Parents in Arizona sued high school in 1998 because the book was on a required reading list.