Publishers Support 35th Annual Banned Books Week with Events, Outreach and Activities

Washington, DC; September 22, 2017 – The Association of American Publishers (AAP) and our members are supporting the 35th annual Banned Books Week (#BannedBooksWeek), with events, activities and outreach. This year’s celebration takes place the week of September 24 and focuses on the importance of the First Amendment and the right to read. The American […]

2017 Banned Books Week Celebrates Our Right to Read

Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, will be held the week of September 24th in 2017. For this year’s celebration, the coalition of organizations that sponsors Banned Books Week will emphasize the importance of the First Amendment, which guarantees our inherent right to read. Censorship is happening and it is […]

Detained Hong Kong Publisher and Bookseller Gui Minhai to Receive 2017 Jeri Laber Award

Washington, DC; March 30, 2017 –Gui Minhai, a Hong Kong based publisher and bookseller currently detained in mainland China, will receive the 2017 Jeri Laber award. The award, given annually by the Association of American Publishers International Freedom to Publish Committee (IFTPC), recognizes a book publisher outside of the US who has demonstrated courage and fortitude […]

AAP Joins Amicus Brief in Missouri State Conference of The National Association for The Advancement Of Colored People (NAACP) v. Wentzville R-IV School District

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) has joined the American Booksellers for Free Expression, the Authors Guild, and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund in submitting an amicus brief in support of the NAACP’s motion for a preliminary injunction in a case challenging the removal of books from school libraries in the Wentzville School District […]

AAP Director of Free Expression Advocacy, Judy Platt Retires

Association of American Publishers veteran Judy Platt will retire June 30, 2017, following nearly 38 years of service. Recognized throughout the publishing community for her work to protect and advance freedom of expression, Judy’s advocacy has had an impact on readers, schools, libraries, and bookstores. In her role as Director of Free Expression Advocacy, she […]

AAP Annual Meeting Leaves Attendees Energized

This year’s Association of American Publishers’ general annual meeting left the more than 200 AAP members and invited guests invigorated about both the future of the organization and the industry it represents. Focused on the meeting theme, Publishing and Public Policy, the speakers highlighted the invaluable role of publishing to culture, education, political discourse, and […]

AAP Statement on Jeri Laber Award Winner

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) joins organizations in expressing concern over the health of publisher and bookseller Gui Minhai. A Chinese and naturalized Swedish citizen, Gui was seized from a train by Chinese authorities on January 18, 2018 while traveling with Swedish diplomats to seek medical care in Beijing. In March 2017, the Association […]