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On censorship:
a public librarian examines cancel culture in the us

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james larue

James LaRue has been a public library director for many years, as well as a weekly newspaper columnist and cable TV host. From January 2016 to November 2018, he was director of the Freedom to Read Foundation, and ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. He has written, spoken, and consulted extensively on intellectual freedom issues, leadership and organizational development, community engagement, and the future of libraries. He lives in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

About the Book

“An insightful and humorous look into the complex issues of censorship, Jamie LaRue’s book is at times intellectually and emotionally challenging—like all of the best books should be.”  

—R. Alan Brooks, Comics Creator and Professor, Professor of Graphic Narrative, Regis University, 


In America today, more books are being banned than ever before. This censorship is part of a larger assault on such American institutions as schools, public libraries, and universities. In On Censorship: A Public Librarian Examines Cancel Culture in the US, respected long-time public librarian James LaRue issues a balanced and reasonable call to action for all citizens. 

LaRue, who served as director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom and executive director of the Freedom to Read Foundation, highlights the dangers of book banning and censorship in our public and educational spaces. Synthesizing his more than twenty-five years of experience on the front lines of these issues, he takes the reader through attempts he encountered to remove or restrict access to ideas, while placing the debate in the greater context about the role of libraries and free expression in a democratic society. LaRue covers topics such as: 

  • The role of the library in American culture and community 

  • The consequences of cancel culture 

  • Seven things citizens can do to quell book banning and censorship attempts 

By examining past efforts at censorship and their dangerous impacts, LaRue asks the reader to reflect on how those times are not so different from today. This book is essential reading for all those who believe in free expression, who support libraries, and who cherish the central freedoms that American democracy represents. 


What people are saying...

“On Censorship relates a masterful story that illuminates a bold and vivid tapestry of hypocrisy and greed, which drives today’s cancel culture. James LaRue poignantly recounts his own efforts to counter hundreds of challenges and inspires other fearless librarians to take courageous actions to elevate public engagement, thought and exploration over censorship, fear, and ignorance.”  

—Nancy Kranich, past President, American Library Association, and Teaching Professor, Rutgers University School of Communication and Information, Department of Library and Information Science 

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