Saturday, October 4, 2008

Banned Book Week: Speak Out!
Wednesday, October 1 , from noon to 1 p.m.
at the flagpole on Ring Road adjacent to Langson Library
You are invited to come and celebrate your freedom to read during the 27th annual celebration of Banned Books Week. UCI Department of English, Campus Writing Coordinator Jonathan Alexander and the UCI Libraries are presenting “Banned Book Week: Speak Out!” at the flagpole on Ring Road adjacent to Langson Library on Wednesday, October 1, from noon to 1 p.m. Librarians, lecturers, and colleagues will join to read passages from their favorite banned and challenged books. Admission is FREE.

Interested readers are encouraged to view the list of banned and challenged books and join us on October 1 from noon to 1pm and “Speak Out!” Titles from the list will be on hand for speakers to share passages.

About Banned Book Week
Sponsored by the American Library Association, the American Booksellers Association, and a variety of other groups, Banned Books Week (Sept. 27–Oct. 4, 2007) celebrates the first amendment right to free speech, which includes the right to read and write books that are considered unorthodox or controversial. A banned book is one that has actually been removed from a library or school system, a "challenged" book is the attempt to ban such material. Some of the most famous challenges have been to works widely considered classics of American literature, including J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird, John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, and Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Probably the most publicized challenge in recent years was to the highly popular Harry Potter series for promoting "magic."

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