Every year, bookstores, libraries, universities, and organizations host engaging programs that spotlight censorship. Are you hosting an event for Banned Books Week? Putting up a display? Let us know about it, and we’ll share it here for the world to find!

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On the Shelf: Get Ready for Banned Books Week!

Virtual Event

Learn which books made the Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2020 and, more importantly, why they made the list. We are getting ready for Banned Books Week, September 26 - October 2, 2021, by drawing attention to censorship and highlighting the need for diverse books. Please visit Tulare Public Library YouTube Page to watch the ... Read More

Free

Banned Books with Bookmans Mesa 2021!

Virtual Event

Join Drag Story Hour-AZ and Bookmans Mesa for a virtual Banned Books Week story hour with Felica Minor!  Felicia will read: I Am Enough by Grace Byers I Am Jazz by Jazz Jennings Monster Trouble by Lane Fredrickson Dr. David Boyles will join Felicia to discuss a recent U.S. school district's ban on anti-racist books and ... Read More

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Celebrating Banned Books Week

Monkey & Dog Books 3608 W 7th Street, Fort Worth, TX

In the book shop we will have a Banned Book Display and a game of "Guess the Banned Book." There will be a jar on the counter with shredded pages from a banned book. Patrons can enter the drawing by trying to guess the name of the banned book. A winner will be drawn on ... Read More

Free

Banned Books Trivia Night (Virtual)

Virtual Event

Calling all fans of controversial reads! Come join us for an hour of online trivia as we celebrate Freedom to Read Week! Test your knowledge of banned and challenged books. You can have as many participants on your team as you like, but only one person will share responses per team. Only 10 "teams" may register. ... Read More

Free

Gender Identity, Sexuality, and Free Expression in Alabama (Virtual)

Virtual Event

This roundtable conversation will focus on the historical challenges to gender expression, sexuality, and free speech in Alabama, including how these challenges play out through the experiences of LGBTQ+ writers from the state. This panel will explore the unspoken, speak the unspeakable, and open doors into the present. REGISTER HERE This discussion is being presented ... Read More

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Where in the World Are Books Banned? Interactive Map

Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus Library Library – Room 1216, 300 NE 2nd Avenue Miami, FL 33132, Miami, FL

Come by the Library to try out our interactive map that can be accessed by computer or scanning a QR Code on your mobile device, which leads you to a world map where you can find Banned Books throughout the world. In addition, the resource guide "Banned Books: Defending Our Freedom to Read" by Robert ... Read More

Free

Poetry in Protest

Virtual Event

Meet poets at the frontlines of protest movements fighting for the right to speak freely and without fear of persecution. Poetry is frequently used as a tool in protest movements to inspire, unite, and mobilise support. From Black Lives Matter and women’s liberation to protest movements in Myanmar and Afghanistan, poetry holds the power to ... Read More

Free

Ideas & Action: Banned Books Week Event

Virtual Event

The Bluest Eye. To Kill A Mockingbird. The Hate U Give. Stamped. George. What do these books have in common? **This is a virtual event that will be hosted on Zoom - you will need access to a computer or other device that is capable of accessing and sufficient Internet access. If you have not ... Read More

Free

Conversation with Bryan Burrough and Jim Schutze

Bishop Arts Theatre Center 215 S Tyler St, Dallas, TX

Writer and journalist Bryan Burrough (author of Forget the Alamo) and author and activist Jim Schutze (author of The Accommodation) come together for this special event that will assess the negative impacts of censoring political and historical literature. The conversation will highlight their own recently censored works, and speak to the importance of learning and teaching history ... Read More

Free

American Dystopia: Stop Reading

Virtual Event

“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them” (Ray Bradbury). This lecture debriefs students on literary censorship in American public schools and libraries, which often feels dystopian and obstructs the democratic right to read. The lecture would explain how/why books are banned surrounding the top banned ... Read More

Free

After Hours with Banned Books

Virtual Event

In 1616, nearly 75 years after Nicholaus Copernicus’ theories on planetary motion first appeared in print, the Congregation of the Index of Prohibited Books ruled that copies of De Revolutionibus must be “suspended until corrected.” This was not an outright ban of the text, but a call for its “expurgation,” a practice for selectively censoring parts ... Read More

Free

History, Racism, and Education in Oklahoma (Virtual)

Virtual Event

Youth advocate and Oklahoma Board of Education member Carlisha Williams Bradley and University of Oklahoma history professor Anne Hyde join PEN America for a discussion of currents threats to honest teaching of history and racism in Oklahoma schools and universities, in the context of social and political backlash against anti-racism education, and in the wake ... Read More

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A Conversation with Jewell Parker Rhodes and Kelly McWilliams (Virtual)

Virtual Event

Award-winning novelist and educator Jewell Parker Rhodes and her daughter, young adult author Kelly McWilliams, come together in conversation to discuss book bans and young adult literature. As individuals, it is our duty to provide the next generation of writers, teachers, journalists, activists, and readers with an education that includes all facets of life, an ... Read More

Free

Tenderness: Lawrence, lovers and literature on trial

The London Library 14 St James’s Square, London

In Banned Books Week at The London Library, Alison MacLeod speaks to Lara Feigel about her stunning new novel Tenderness, the story of D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover, its ripple effects across half a century and the society that put it on trial. Weaving the voice of a dying D.H. Lawrence, with that of a woman who witnesses the trial and ... Read More

£3 – £12

Censorship, Citizenship, & Individual Responsibility

Virtual Event

Censorship, Citizenship, & Individual Responsibility explores how the prohibition of expression is the breeding ground for dystopian societies and how, in a constant feedback loop, societal censorship leads to internal censorship, dehumanizing both society and the individual. Presented by Steve Kronen. Join the stream here.

Free