Banned Books Week is the only national celebration of the freedom to read. It was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982.
Each year, the American Library Assocation’s Office for Intellectual Freedom compiles a list of the top ten most frequently challenged books in order to inform the public about censorship in libraries and schools. They also have a list of films that focus on First Amendment and freedom of information issues. One film from the list, a part of the Law Library DVD collection, is The People vs. Larry Flynt, a sympathetic portrayal of Larry Flynt (protrayed by actor Woody Harrelson), the publisher of Hustler magazine and his battle to defend First Admendment rights.