The Authors Guild Banned Books Club is a free virtual book club held on the social reading app Fable. Each month, the Banned Books Club presents a different work of fiction or nonfiction recently barred in one or more U.S. school districts or states.

Participating readers can log on to Fable anytime during the month to access the moderated book discussion led by the author─or if the author is deceased, a well-known writer who has a special affinity with the work─as well as valuable resources to help them get the most out of their reading experience.

The Authors Guild Banned Books Club is made possible by a generous grant from Hachette.

Now reading: Caste by Isabel Wilkerson

Isabel Wilkerson’s nonfiction work Caste examines the invisible yet profoundly impactful “human hierarchy” that determines which groups of people have power and which do not. Wilkerson compares American society to caste systems in India and Nazi Germany before suggesting ways that America might achieve a more just and common humanity. An Oprah’s Book Club selection, Caste has received starred reviews from Kirkus Book Reviews, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Booklist, and has won numerous literary awards, including the #1 New York Times Bestseller, the #1 Nonfiction Book of the Year by Time, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. The book has been banned for its alleged potential to cause students guilt, anguish, or psychological distress at the suggestion that they themselves might be consciously or unconsciously racist or oppressive.

Coming Up

TitleAuthorStart Date
The Girl Who Fell from the SkyHeidi W. DurrowJanuary 5
Out of DarknessAshley Hope PerezFebruary 2

Click here to read more about our Winter 2022 selections.

Past Selections

Two Boys KissingDavid Levithan
SpeakLaurie Halse Anderson
Red at the BoneJacqueline Woodson
Lawn BoyJonathan Evison
All American BoysJason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
To Kill a MockingbirdHarper Lee (led by Sungjoo Yoon)

You can still access the discussion for any of our past Banned Book Club selections in the Fable app.

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