Banned Books Week: 'Authentic Stories' Needed

"Without the authentic stories of immigrants, women, LGBT people, Muslims, etc., people will become more entrenched in their view of those groups as the Other. What we need now is more information, more voices, and more speech. Otherwise, perception becomes reality, and the diversity that has long been one of America's greatest strengths will end up tearing this country apart. I urge everyone to celebrate Banned Books Week by picking up a book that some closed-minded person out there wanted desperately to keep out of your hands."

--Jessica Herthel, co-author with Jazz Jennings of I Am Jazz, the third most challenged book of 2015
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