Captivity Is No Festival

This weekend in Los Angeles marked the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, an annual book-a-palooza, featuring hundreds of authors, publishers, collectors, retailers, bloggers, media and book lovers. But this year’s Festival was special, because it marked the debut of the BIBLIOPHILE ACTION NETWORK (BAN). This grass-roots group was out in force to protest the shockingly pervasive practice of imprisoning books.

Video of BAN’s most impassioned protest is here.

In a leaflet, BAN declared that “CAPTIVITY IS NO FESTIVAL” (Click to read the captivity-is-no-festival-flyer)

And shared the following facts:

· More than 3.5 billion books are captive on US bookshelves today

· The average American household imprisons more than 50 books

· Captive books:

- deplete our forests

- pollute our water and air

- clutter our homes and lives

- prevent the spread of knowledge.

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