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The New Republic is launching a bold new initiative to combat censorship and celebrate the First Amendment to coincide with Banned Books Week October 1–7, 2023. This fall, we are taking it on the road, sending a bookmobile to distribute books in states that have witnessed the highest incidents of banned books, including Texas, Florida, Missouri, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.
We will launch our journey at the Brooklyn Book Festival on October 1 where we will accept book (and financial) donations with special help from our partners at House of SpeakEasy via the SpeakEasy Bookmobile.
Our “festival on wheels” will connect with communities, authors, bookstores, libraries, and local leaders to celebrate the freedom to read.
TNR Banned Bookmobile Tour 2023 (more info to come)*
Oct 1—Brooklyn, New York
10 a.m.–6 p.m. // Brooklyn Book Festival—Brooklyn Borough Hall Plaza & Columbus Park
Oct 3—Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2 p.m.– 5 p.m. // King PreK – 8, 50 Montgomery Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Oct 4—Washington, D.C.
11 a.m.–3 p.m. // MLK Library, 901 G St NW
Oct 7—Daytona, Florida
10 a.m.– 2 p.m. // John H. Dickerson Community Center, 308 Dr. MLK Jr. Blvd., Daytona Beach
Oct 9—Miami, Florida
12 p.m.–4 p.m. // Books & Books, 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables
Oct 10—Tallahassee, Florida
1 p.m.-5 p.m. // Common Ground Books,128 N Bronough St, Tallahassee
Oct 11—Jacksonville, Florida
4 p.m.–6:30 p.m. // The Church of Oakland, 1025 Jessie Street
Oct 14—Norfolk, Virginia
Oct 18—Springfield, Missouri
Oct 21—Lexington, Kentucky
Oct 25—Dallas, Texas
Oct 26—Austin, Texas
Oct 28—Houston, Texas
*Route subject to change
Special thanks to our partners:
The American Federation of Teachers
The American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, health care and public services for our students, their families, and our communities. To learn more about AFT’s work and AFT’s Real Solutions for Kids and Communities campaign, visit AFT.org.
Banned Books Week
Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores, and libraries. The annual event highlights the value of free and open access to information and brings together the entire book community — librarians, educators, authors, publishers, booksellers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas.
The African American Policy Forum
The African American Policy Forum (AAPF) is an innovative and intersectional think tank which launched the From Freedom Riders to Freedom Readers: Books Unbanned campaign in October 2022 to increase critical literacy, voter engagement, and understanding of how the suppression of knowledge renders us unable to confront inequality. Visit aapf.org/truthbetold for more information.
Bookshop.org works to connect readers with independent booksellers all over the world.
We believe local bookstores are essential community hubs that foster culture, curiosity, and a love of reading, and we’re committed to helping them thrive.
House of SpeakEasy
SpeakEasy is dedicated to the idea that literature matters and that the essence of literary culture
is the relationship between writers and their readers. On stage. In schools. On the road. We believe that book ownership should be a right, not a privilege.
Urban Libraries Council
The Urban Libraries Council has spent 50 years enriching communities by strengthening and promoting the value of libraries as essential public assets.