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Books on the Chopping Block
September 22, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CDT
One event on September 20, 2022 at 7:00 pm
One event on September 21, 2022 at 12:30 pm
One event on September 22, 2022 at 2:00 pm
FREE readings around Chicago and Chicago suburbs. Various venues. See website for full list of events.
Books on the Chopping Block is our annual 60-minute performance of dramatic readings of short excerpts taken from these books. City Lit has teamed up with the ALA in celebration of Banned Books Week since 2006, performing at special events, libraries and bookstores in and around Chicago…and virtually this year.
City Lit Artistic Director Terry McCabe believes that concert readings of excerpts from challenged books actively celebrate the books most at risk, calling attention to the would-be censor’s threat to an educated democracy. “Our focus is literate theatre, so we are naturally concerned by attempts to keep books away from people,” McCabe says. “We are privileged to continue our alliance with the ALA in this important work.”