Bookstore free speech check list
“The American Booksellers for Free Expression (ABFE) is the bookseller’s voice in the fight for free speech. Its mission is to promote and protect the free exchange of ideas, particularly those contained in books, by opposing restrictions on the freedom of speech; issuing statements on significant free expression controversies; participating in legal cases involving First Amendment rights; collaborating with other groups with an interest in free speech; and providing education about the importance of free expression to booksellers, other members of the book industry, politicians, the press and the public.”
Bookstores are often on the front lines when it comes to freedom of speech. Do your customers know that you promote free speech? Do your authors? If you work at (or own) a bookstore are you ready to handle complaints about authors, books and customer records. Here’s a handy checklist from the ABFEE (read the details on line here):
Here’s another checklist to keep in mind whenever you host a reading and signing for a controversial author.
As we said in scouting, “Be Prepared.”