This Week in Books #3: Authors and their freedom of expression

Today’s video discusses two specific cases regarding authors’ freedom of expression. Both cases are current and involve Salman Rushdie and Ahmed Naji. Maybe you know one or both of them, but maybe you don’t. Regardless of what you might think of either one of them as a person or their work, these two men are unfairly being targeted and singled out for their work. I’d rather talk about them and bring a little bit of awareness to their cases than just sit back and say nothing.

Take a few minutes to watch and let me know what you think of authors’ freedom of expression in the 21st century.

Buy Books for Syria

It makes no difference who you are or where you’re from. I’d hope you know that a terrible civil war has been taking place in Syria for some time now. And no one seems to have the upper hand.

Well if you’re living in the UK you can do your small part without doing much of anything. All you have to do is buy specially marked books from your closest Waterstones bookstore. The stores, authors, and publishers will receive nothing for the buy. Which will probably freak out some of y’all. But it’s true. Everything will be donated to Oxfam’s Syria crisis appeal.

Their goal is to raise $1.5 million in October. The authors included are Neil Gaiman, Salman Rushdie, and Hilary Mantel.

I see no reason why people wouldn’t want to participate in this. So maybe you don’t want one of the titles, right? This is more important than just buying books. Hopefully you see that.

What do you think of some popular authors teaming up with Waterstones for the “Buy Books for Syria” campaign? I think it’s great.