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Under the Umbrella Bookstore (UTU) is doing something about book bans. As a special event for Damn These Heels Film Fest, UTU is putting on a Banned Books Reading and Book Swap Oct. 14 to educate about the dangers of book bans and how to push back against them. Participants are encouraged to bring a banned book of their choice to read from or swap at the event.
This event will include featured readers who will share an excerpt from their favorite banned book and an open mic portion. Following this, UTU will offer banned books for sale with a selection available to swap for free.
When: Saturday, October 14, 12-1:30 pm
Where: Rose Wagner Theater, 138 W Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
This year’s banned book week, themed “Let Freedom Read” is Oct. 1-7. One such example of bans in Utah is H.B. 374. Under the Umbrella is a small bookstore and community space with access to LGBTQ+ literature, some of which are the topic of book bans here and around America. The bookstore understands books as important tools for understanding complex issues. By hosting this event, UTU hopes to bring together a community of book lovers and bring awareness to the threat book bans pose.
About Under the Umbrella Bookstore
Under the Umbrella is Utah’s only queer bookstore, sharing and celebrating queer books written by queer authors and offering a safe, sober, and accessible space for 2SLGBTQIA+ people to gather.
About Damn These Heels
Damn These Heels, produced by Utah Film Center, is an annual festival that explores LGBTQ issues, ideas, and art by showcasing dramatic and documentary films from around the world.