Newberry Library to kick off Banned Books Week – 9/25-10/2!

The annual event known as Banned Books Week is upon us – and the good people at the Newberry Library are kicking it off off with a few hours of readings and signing by some of the most challenged authors of 2009!  Details below 🙂

The American Library Association’s Banned Books Week Read-Out

Saturday, September 25, Noon – 3:00 pm
Washington Square Park (across the street from the Newberry Library, 901 N. Clark St.)

“Join us to kick-off Banned Books Week in historic Bughouse Square (a.k.a., Washington Square Park). The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, the McCormick Foundation, and the Newberry Library are proud to sponsor this event.  Chris Crutcher will host authors of the ten most challenged books of 2009, as they read from their work and share their experiences as targets of censors. The readings begin at noon and will be followed by book signings by all the authors. City Lit Theatre Company will perform work from frequently challenged authors who couldn’t join is in Chicago.  Admission is free and no reservations are required.” (<– All info taken from the Newberry Library website.)

Oh – and in case you’re curious:

The Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2009

1. “TTYL; TTFN; L8R, G8R (series), by Lauren Myracle
2. “And Tango Makes Three” by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
3. “The Perks of Being A Wallflower,” by Stephen Chbosky
4. “To Kill A Mockingbird,” by Harper Lee
5. Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer
6. “Catcher in the Rye,” by J.D. Salinger
7. “My Sister’s Keeper,” by Jodi Picoult
8. “The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things,” by Carolyn Mackler
9. “The Color Purple,” Alice Walker
10. “The Chocolate War,” by Robert Cormier

If humanly possible, I will be at Bughouse Square for what promises to be an awesome event, celebrating our freedom to read.

(And seriously, THESE are the most offensive books? Really?)


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