“The goal of Banned Together is to talk about what is happening to books in libraries, why these vanishing stories matter, and how readers can empower themselves and others to resist.” — Ashley Hope Pérez, from the opening letter of Banned Together: Our Fight for Readers’ Rights (coming in March 2025 from Holiday House)

Ashley Hope Pérez (ashleyperez.com) is the author of three novels: Out of Darkness (2015), The Knife and the Butterfly (2012), and What Can’t Wait (2011). Out of Darkness was described by The New York Times Book Review as a “layered tale of color lines, love and struggle in an East Texas oil town,” and was selected as a best book of the year by both Kirkus and School Library Journal. It received a 2016 Printz Honor for Literary Excellence in Young Adult Fiction, the 2016 Tomás Rivera Book Award, and the 2016 Américas Award. What Can’t Wait and The Knife and the Butterfly appear on YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults and Popular Paperbacks lists. Ashley is also a former high school English teacher, holds a doctorate in comparative literature, and is an assistant professor of world literatures at The Ohio State University. She lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her two sons. Read more about her response to book banning here.

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Books by Ashley Hope Pérez