Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Banned Book Week 2015: September 27 - October 3

Banned Book Week 2015 is September 27 - October 3 and unfortunately, not much has changed since 2014 (see Get ready for Banned Books Week Sept. 21-27, 2014).   The following books are still banned or challenged:
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • Ulysses by James Joyce
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison

The American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom reports the 10 most frequently challenged or banned books in 2014 included The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, and The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison.   And Books Challenged or Banned in 2014-2015, by Robert P. Doyle lists

books challenged, restricted, removed, or banned in 2014 and 2015 as reported in the Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom from May 2014 to March 2015 and in American Libraries Direct (AL Direct), by Robert P. Doyle.

You can take a stand for intellectual freedom in DC in several ways.   DC Public Library Foundation and several restaurants are ready for the week and will be celebrating DC Public Library September 25 at UNCENSORED: Opening Night a fundraiser to support library programs like the District of Change lecture series and the Our City Festival as well as the work of local artists and DC's arts and culture scene.   Zaytinya, Jack Rose Dining Saloon and Mockingbird Hill have created banned-book themed cocktails and will be serving them in advance of the event.

  • Zaytinya will be serving The Odyssey―inspired by Homer’s tale, this beverage features Metaxa, Mastiha, lemon juice and maraschino liqueur.
  • Jack Rose Dining Saloon will serve A Bedtime Story―based on The Perks of Being A Wallflower, this cocktail combines Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban, Kombucha Green Tea Infused Dolin Blanc, Amontillado Sherry, Leopold's Fernet and Orange Bitters.
  • Mockingbird Hill will be mixing "First Aid For Street Fighters"―riffing off of Steal This Book, Compass Box Great King St Glasgow Blend is combined with Tio Pepe Fino en Rama, Lemon Juice and Orgeat.

Other Banned Book Week events are UNCENSORED: Information Antics, an exploration about the ways information is used and abused.   It features the work of DC-based artists.   Guess the Banned Book, an event for children, takes place September 27 at Bellevue (William O. Lockridge) Library.   Uncensored: A Conversation with Banned Authors takes place September 29.   Authors Phyllis Reynolds Naylor and Deborah Hautzig will talk about censorship and intellectual freedom.   Learn more about these events and find others on the DC Public Library calendar of events.

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