Banned Books Week: Our right to read, September 24-30, 2017

Bookstores to Host Banned Books Week Events on Same Night

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 10:18 -- Maggie Jacoby

Seven bookstores across the country are having events on the same night to celebrate diversity and Banned Books Week. "A Night of Silenced Voices" will take part on Tuesday, September 27th at The Book Cellar (Chicago), Books & Books (Miami), Housing Works Bookstore (New York), Politics & Prose Bookstore (Washington, D.C.), Powell’s Books (Portland, Oregon), Skylight Books (Los Angeles), and Tattered Cover Book Store (Denver). 

These events will feature talented authors reading from their work, open mics focusing on challenged diverse works, and exciting panel discussions.

The Book Cellar
Chicago, IL – 6pm

Test your knowledge of banned books with fun trivia, and join local authors for an open mic as we read excerpts from banned books.

Books & Books
Coral Gable, FL – 7pm

Join us for an open mic featuring special guests Chantel Acevedo, reading from Alison Bechdel's Fun HomeEdwidge Danticat, reading from Toni Morrison's BelovedPatricia Engel, reading from Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and M. Evelina Galang, reading from Sherman Alexie's Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian. Followed by an open mic opportunity for anyone who would like to read from a banned or challenged book.

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
New York, NY – 7pm

Join the sponsors of Banned Books Week and Daniel Jose Older (Salsa Nocturna), Ibi Zoboi (American Street), Taran Matharu (Summoner series) Tiffany Jackson (Allegedly), Charles Rice-Gonzalez (Chultio: A Novel), Gabby Rivera (Juliet Takes a Breath), Mariela Regalado and Sydney Valerio for an open mic night celebrating inclusivity in literature, with banned, challenged, and disenfranchised voices. 

Politics & Prose (at Busboys and Poets 14th & V) 

Washington, DC - 6:30pm

Join Deb Heard, executive director of the Hurston/Wright Foundation and a former editor of the Washington Post Style page, and Dana Williams, professor of African American literature and chair of the English department at Howard University, for a discussion about diversity, censorship, and how to support the authors who need it the most.

Powell's Books
Portland, OR - 7:30pm

Charles Brownstein, Executive Director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and chair of the Banned Books Week Coalition, will be joined by authors Cory Doctorow (Information Doesn't Want to Be Free), Cathy Camper (Lowriders to the Center of the Earth), M. K. Reed (Americus), and illustrator/cartoonist Jonathan Hill (Americus) for a panel discussion on this year's Banned Books Week theme of diversity. Candace Morgan, coordinator of Celebrate the Freedom to Read in Oregon, will moderate the discussion.

Skylight Books
Los Angeles, CA – 7:30pm

Join the Skylight staff, as well as special guests Steph Cha, Natashia Deon and Chris Terry for a Banned Books Week Open Mic, take part in our Blind Date with A Banned Book sale, and keep an eye out for Skylight Books Banned Books “shelftalkers” highlighting regularly banned/challenged books.

Tattered Cover Book Store
Denver, CO – 7pm

Readers, supporters of the First Amendment, and anti-censorship activists are invited to join us to read and join the discussion! For our event, we've chosen the wonderful graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel. Please join us with special guest and English and Gender Studies professor, Gillian Silverman, from the University of Colorado, Denver to read and discuss one of the most challenged books of 2015.