Manifesto

By Ellen Hopkins


To you zealots and bigots and false
patriots who live in fear of discourse.
You screamers and banners and burners
who would force books
off shelves in your brand name
of greater good.

You say you’re afraid for children,
innocents ripe for corruption
by perversion or sorcery on the page.
But sticks and stones do break
bones, and ignorance is no armor.
You do not speak for me,
and will not deny my kids magic
in favor of miracles.

You say you’re afraid for America,
the red, white and blue corroded
by terrorists, socialists, the sexually
confused. But we are a vast quilt
of patchwork cultures and multi-gendered
identities. You cannot speak for those
whose ancestors braved
different seas.

You say you’re afraid for God,
the living word eroded by Muhammed
and Darwin and Magdalene.
But the omnipotent sculptor of heaven
and earth designed intelligence.
Surely you dare not speak
for the father, who opens
his arms to all.

A word to the unwise.
Torch every book.
Char every page.
Burn every word to ash.
Ideas are incombustible.
And therein lies your real fear.


I think this poem that Ellen Hopkins penned last year for BANNED BOOKS WEEK speaks volume's and I feel it fits perfectly for this contest honoring this author and BANNED BOOKS WEEK 2010.

Please fill out a contest entry form HERE for a signed copy of CRANK, GLASS and FALLOUT. This contest is open for 2 weeks ending October 10th at midnight PST

HERE is a map that shows you where all the BANNED BOOKS are located in the states and which books are banned. Check and see if one of your favorites books is listed.

6 comments on "CONTEST and BANNED BOOKS WEEK September 25th-October 2nd 2010"

6 comments:

  1. Thanks for supporting this cause! I haven't read Hopkins yet but I've been really itching to since I learned about her. :)

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  2. Thanks for holding this contest! I really appreciate it!

    I'm adding this giveaway to Book Contest Directory.

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  3. This is such a great poem! Thanks for the post, and I do really love Ellen Hopkins. Gotta support all the banned books out there!

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  4. Love the poem and love reading posts of the participants of Banned Book Week! I am having a blast!

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  5. What a beautiful poem! Is your contest open to Canada?

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We would love to see what you have to say :)

Smash Attack! wrote:
September 26, 2010 at 8:32 PM

Thanks for supporting this cause! I haven't read Hopkins yet but I've been really itching to since I learned about her. :)


6 comments:

  1. Thanks for supporting this cause! I haven't read Hopkins yet but I've been really itching to since I learned about her. :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. Thanks for holding this contest! I really appreciate it!

    I'm adding this giveaway to Book Contest Directory.

    ReplyDelete
  3. This is such a great poem! Thanks for the post, and I do really love Ellen Hopkins. Gotta support all the banned books out there!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Love the poem and love reading posts of the participants of Banned Book Week! I am having a blast!

    ReplyDelete
  5. What a beautiful poem! Is your contest open to Canada?

    ReplyDelete

We would love to see what you have to say :)

anjohnston wrote:
September 26, 2010 at 8:43 PM

Thanks for holding this contest! I really appreciate it!

I'm adding this giveaway to Book Contest Directory.


6 comments:

  1. Thanks for supporting this cause! I haven't read Hopkins yet but I've been really itching to since I learned about her. :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. Thanks for holding this contest! I really appreciate it!

    I'm adding this giveaway to Book Contest Directory.

    ReplyDelete
  3. This is such a great poem! Thanks for the post, and I do really love Ellen Hopkins. Gotta support all the banned books out there!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Love the poem and love reading posts of the participants of Banned Book Week! I am having a blast!

    ReplyDelete
  5. What a beautiful poem! Is your contest open to Canada?

    ReplyDelete

We would love to see what you have to say :)

Cass (Words on Paper) wrote:
September 26, 2010 at 9:37 PM

This is such a great poem! Thanks for the post, and I do really love Ellen Hopkins. Gotta support all the banned books out there!


6 comments:

  1. Thanks for supporting this cause! I haven't read Hopkins yet but I've been really itching to since I learned about her. :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. Thanks for holding this contest! I really appreciate it!

    I'm adding this giveaway to Book Contest Directory.

    ReplyDelete
  3. This is such a great poem! Thanks for the post, and I do really love Ellen Hopkins. Gotta support all the banned books out there!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Love the poem and love reading posts of the participants of Banned Book Week! I am having a blast!

    ReplyDelete
  5. What a beautiful poem! Is your contest open to Canada?

    ReplyDelete

We would love to see what you have to say :)

Sheila (Bookjourney) wrote:
September 27, 2010 at 5:38 AM

Love the poem and love reading posts of the participants of Banned Book Week! I am having a blast!


6 comments:

  1. Thanks for supporting this cause! I haven't read Hopkins yet but I've been really itching to since I learned about her. :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. Thanks for holding this contest! I really appreciate it!

    I'm adding this giveaway to Book Contest Directory.

    ReplyDelete
  3. This is such a great poem! Thanks for the post, and I do really love Ellen Hopkins. Gotta support all the banned books out there!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Love the poem and love reading posts of the participants of Banned Book Week! I am having a blast!

    ReplyDelete
  5. What a beautiful poem! Is your contest open to Canada?

    ReplyDelete

We would love to see what you have to say :)

Ladytink_534 wrote:
September 29, 2010 at 1:13 PM

Thanks for the great giveaway!


6 comments:

  1. Thanks for supporting this cause! I haven't read Hopkins yet but I've been really itching to since I learned about her. :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. Thanks for holding this contest! I really appreciate it!

    I'm adding this giveaway to Book Contest Directory.

    ReplyDelete
  3. This is such a great poem! Thanks for the post, and I do really love Ellen Hopkins. Gotta support all the banned books out there!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Love the poem and love reading posts of the participants of Banned Book Week! I am having a blast!

    ReplyDelete
  5. What a beautiful poem! Is your contest open to Canada?

    ReplyDelete

We would love to see what you have to say :)

Christinabean wrote:
October 5, 2010 at 11:41 AM

What a beautiful poem! Is your contest open to Canada?


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SCOTT WESTERFELD
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Monday, September 26 @ 7pm

SCOTT WESTERFELD
Copperfield's in Santa Rosa
Tuesday, September 27 @7pm

LISA McMANN
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Wednesday, September 28 @ 7pm

DAVID ARNOLD in conversation with JANDY NELSON

Books Inc. in Palo Alto
Wednesday, September 28 @ 7pm

OCTOBER

LEIGH BARDUGO

Linden Tree Books in Lost Altos
Sunday, October 2 @ 4pm
(there are very specific rules for this event so please visit the link and check it out beforehand)

ANNE BISHOP
Hicklebee's in San Jose
Sunday, October 2 @ 7pm

MELISSA DE LA CRUZ

Kepler's hosted event at Redwood Shores Library
Wednesday, October 5 @ 7pm

RICHARD PECK
Hicklebee's in San Jose
Wednesday, October 5 @ 3pm

MICHAEL DI MARTINO in conversation with GENE LUEN YANG
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Monday, October 10 @ 7pm

LitQuake YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy Panel: TIM FLOREEN, PARKER PEEVYHOUSE, TRICIA STIRLING, TRACI CHEE
The Sports Basement in San Francisco
Thursday, October 13 @ 7pm

MARGARET STOHL
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Friday, October 14 time TBA

KRISTEN CAST and P.C. CAST
Borderlands Books in San Francisco
Sunday, October 16 @ 3pm

MARIE LU
Mrs. Dalloway's North Branch of the Berkeley Public Library
Tuesday, October 18 @ 6:30

MATTHEW KIRBY
Hicklebee's in San Jose
Tuesday, October 18 @ 7pm

MARIE LU

Kepler's in Menlo Park
Wednesday, October 19 @ 7pm

JENNIFER NIVEN, BRENNA YAVANOFF, TERESA TOTEN and KATHLEEN GLASGOW
A Great Good Place For Books
Friday, October 21 @ 7pm

RACHEL COHN & DAVID LEVITHAN

NYMBC event Books Inc. in San Francisco
Saturday, October 22 @ 2pm

JENNIFER NIVEN, BRENNA YAVANOFF, TERESA TOTEN and KATHLEEN GLASGOW

Hicklebees's in San Jose
Saturday, October 21 @ 7pm

NYMBC Presents: KIERSTEN WHITE, ARWEN ELYS DAYTON & JESSICA CLUESS
Books Inc. Laurel Village in San Francisco
Tuesday, October 25 @ 7pm

JAY KRISTOFF, AMIE KAUFMAN, KIERSTEN WHITE, ARWEN ELYS DAYTON & JESSICA CLUESS
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Wednesday, October 26 @ 7pm

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SJ KINCAID Book Launch for THE DIABOLIC

Hicklebee's in San Jose
Tuesday, November 1 @ 7pm

JAY ASHER

Rakestraw in Danville
Wednesday, November 2 @ 7pm

TARA SIM book launch for TIMEKEEPER
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Wednesday, November 2 @ 7pm

JAY ASHER
Copperfields's in Petaluma
Thursday, November 3 @ 7pm

KRISTEN-PAIGE MADONIA, TAMARA IRELAND STONE
Books Inc. in Palo Alto
Wednesday, November 9 @ 7pm

GORDON JACK

Kepler's in Menlo Park
Wednesday, November 9 @ 7pm

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