Celebrate the freedom to read during Banned Books Week 2009 (September 26 – October 3) by picking up the most scandalous fiction imaginable: an illustrated story about gay penguins perhaps? One of the Harry Potter or Twilight series maybe? Or why not rediscover Holden Caulfield’s angst?
Each year there are hundreds of complaints from parents and patrons about the impropriety of school reading lists and books available in public libraries. According to some, sexuality, religious sentiment, violence, racism, et cetera warrant censorship. Fortunately, few books have actually been removed, but the challenges are numerous in all genres: children’s, young adult, comtemporary fiction, classics, even non-fiction guides for frightened prepubescent fifth-graders. Click here for a list of books challeged and banned in the past year.
Join NYC writer, editor, and musician Mike Edison tonight, Thursday, October 1 at 7:30 pm for his Second Annual Banned Book Party at Word bookstore in Brooklyn. Joining him will be special guests Richard Nash and Lizzie Skurnick for a discussion on recent obscenity trials, problematic teen lit, and much more. Then play to win in the “Name That Banned Book Contest” with music and readings from challenged and banned classics. Click here to Facebook RSVP.