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Free speech books to get special attention


A new campaign has begun to promote books about free speech and highlight First Amendment issues. It was begun with modest e-mail fanfare by the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE).

The ABFFE intends to feature one book a month on its website.

“Free speech is a hot topic in our country, and publishers are producing a growing number of important books on the subject. We want to help them get the attention they deserve,” ABFFE President Chris Finan said in announcing the Book of the Month feature.

The first book is “Speechless: The Erosion of Free Expression in the American Workplaceâ€? by Bruce Barry, a professor of management and sociology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and president of the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee. In his book, he highlights that workers have free speech rights at their job site, but aren’t necessarily aware of these rights.

Those with questions about bumper stickers on their cars or political buttons on their shirts, might want to check this book out.

The ABFFE’s Web site features an interview with Barry.

ABFFE was founded in 1990 by the Tarrytown-based American Booksellers Association to promote and protect the free exchange of ideas, particularly those contained in books.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, July 18th, 2007 at 6:10 pm by Barbara Nackman. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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