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Banned Books Week 2018: A Spotlight on Censorship with Chris Finan

September 13, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

$45 – $75

According to the American Library Association, “A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others.” The first amendment restricts congress from “abridging the freedom of speech.”

In a ramp up to Banned Book Week 2018 (September 23 – 29), the Book Industry Guild of New York is presenting a night with Chris Finan, Executive Director of the National Coalition Against Censorship and author of From the Palmer Raids to the Patriot Act: A History of the Fight for Free Speech in America (Beacon Press).

If you’ve been curious about what makes a work “obscene” or “offensive,” or if you’ve been curious about the controversy regarding The Hate U Give and All American Boys being pulled from school library shelves, then please join BIGNY for a talk that will be both enlightening and inspiring. Chris will be discussing not only the history of freedom of speech and expression in United States history but also contemporary censorship issues. All questions and comments are welcome during the Q&A session. Copies of his book will also be available for purchasing and signing.

Please note that the meeting will take place on Thursday, September 13 at their new event space Courtyard by Marriott Central Park (231 West 54th street at the corner of Broadway). Beer, wine, and hors d’oeuvres will begin at 5:15 pm and the program at 6:15 pm.

Admission is $45/online purchase for members, $75/non-members and at-the-door member purchases.

For more information and to purchase tickets go www.bigny.org. All major credit cards are accepted online and at the door.


September 13, 2018
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
$45 – $75


Courtyard by Marriott Central Park
231 West 54th Street
New York, NY 10019 United States
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