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18th Annual BOOKS ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

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.”

Scheduled Events 2023

Free readings around Chicago and surround areas:

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at 7:00PM – Vernon Area Library, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire, IL

Monday, October 2, 2023 at 6:00PM – Bellwood Public Library, 600 Bohland Ave., Bellwood, IL

Tuesday, October 3, 2023 at 4:00PM – Edgewater Branch – Chicago Public Library, 6000 N. Broadway St., Chicago, IL

Wednesday, October 4, 2023 at 4:00PM – Lincoln Belmont Branch – Chicago Public Library, 1659 W. Melrose, Chicago, IL

Thursday, October 5 at 7:00PM – Highland Park Public Library, 494 Laurel Ave., Highland Park, IL

Friday, October 6, 2023 at 1:00PM – DePaul University Library, 2350 N. Kenmore Ave., Chicago, IL
*This performance is also available to view remotely.  Register free here.

Saturday, October 7, 2023 at 2:00PM – River Forest Public Library, 735 Lathrop Ave., River Forest, IL

Bonus Performance:

Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at 6:00PM – Women of Temple Sholom Banned Books Event, 3480 N. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL

18th Annual BOOKS ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

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.”

Scheduled Events 2023

Free readings around Chicago and surround areas:

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at 7:00PM – Vernon Area Library, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire, IL

Monday, October 2, 2023 at 6:00PM – Bellwood Public Library, 600 Bohland Ave., Bellwood, IL

Tuesday, October 3, 2023 at 4:00PM – Edgewater Branch – Chicago Public Library, 6000 N. Broadway St., Chicago, IL

Wednesday, October 4, 2023 at 4:00PM – Lincoln Belmont Branch – Chicago Public Library, 1659 W. Melrose, Chicago, IL

Thursday, October 5 at 7:00PM – Highland Park Public Library, 494 Laurel Ave., Highland Park, IL

Friday, October 6, 2023 at 1:00PM – DePaul University Library, 2350 N. Kenmore Ave., Chicago, IL
*This performance is also available to view remotely.  Register free here.

Saturday, October 7, 2023 at 2:00PM – River Forest Public Library, 735 Lathrop Ave., River Forest, IL

Bonus Performance:

Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at 6:00PM – Women of Temple Sholom Banned Books Event, 3480 N. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL

18th Annual BOOKS ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

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.”

Scheduled Events 2023

Free readings around Chicago and surround areas:

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at 7:00PM – Vernon Area Library, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire, IL

Monday, October 2, 2023 at 6:00PM – Bellwood Public Library, 600 Bohland Ave., Bellwood, IL

Tuesday, October 3, 2023 at 4:00PM – Edgewater Branch – Chicago Public Library, 6000 N. Broadway St., Chicago, IL

Wednesday, October 4, 2023 at 4:00PM – Lincoln Belmont Branch – Chicago Public Library, 1659 W. Melrose, Chicago, IL

Thursday, October 5 at 7:00PM – Highland Park Public Library, 494 Laurel Ave., Highland Park, IL

Friday, October 6, 2023 at 1:00PM – DePaul University Library, 2350 N. Kenmore Ave., Chicago, IL
*This performance is also available to view remotely.  Register free here.

Saturday, October 7, 2023 at 2:00PM – River Forest Public Library, 735 Lathrop Ave., River Forest, IL

Bonus Performance:

Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at 6:00PM – Women of Temple Sholom Banned Books Event, 3480 N. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL

18th Annual BOOKS ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

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.”

Scheduled Events 2023

Free readings around Chicago and surround areas:

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at 7:00PM – Vernon Area Library, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire, IL

Monday, October 2, 2023 at 6:00PM – Bellwood Public Library, 600 Bohland Ave., Bellwood, IL

Tuesday, October 3, 2023 at 4:00PM – Edgewater Branch – Chicago Public Library, 6000 N. Broadway St., Chicago, IL

Wednesday, October 4, 2023 at 4:00PM – Lincoln Belmont Branch – Chicago Public Library, 1659 W. Melrose, Chicago, IL

Thursday, October 5 at 7:00PM – Highland Park Public Library, 494 Laurel Ave., Highland Park, IL

Friday, October 6, 2023 at 1:00PM – DePaul University Library, 2350 N. Kenmore Ave., Chicago, IL
*This performance is also available to view remotely.  Register free here.

Saturday, October 7, 2023 at 2:00PM – River Forest Public Library, 735 Lathrop Ave., River Forest, IL

Bonus Performance:

Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at 6:00PM – Women of Temple Sholom Banned Books Event, 3480 N. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL

18th Annual BOOKS ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

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.”

Scheduled Events 2023

Free readings around Chicago and surround areas:

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at 7:00PM – Vernon Area Library, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire, IL

Monday, October 2, 2023 at 6:00PM – Bellwood Public Library, 600 Bohland Ave., Bellwood, IL

Tuesday, October 3, 2023 at 4:00PM – Edgewater Branch – Chicago Public Library, 6000 N. Broadway St., Chicago, IL

Wednesday, October 4, 2023 at 4:00PM – Lincoln Belmont Branch – Chicago Public Library, 1659 W. Melrose, Chicago, IL

Thursday, October 5 at 7:00PM – Highland Park Public Library, 494 Laurel Ave., Highland Park, IL

Friday, October 6, 2023 at 1:00PM – DePaul University Library, 2350 N. Kenmore Ave., Chicago, IL
*This performance is also available to view remotely.  Register free here.

Saturday, October 7, 2023 at 2:00PM – River Forest Public Library, 735 Lathrop Ave., River Forest, IL

Bonus Performance:

Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at 6:00PM – Women of Temple Sholom Banned Books Event, 3480 N. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL

18th Annual BOOKS ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

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.”

Scheduled Events 2023

Free readings around Chicago and surround areas:

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at 7:00PM – Vernon Area Library, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire, IL

Monday, October 2, 2023 at 6:00PM – Bellwood Public Library, 600 Bohland Ave., Bellwood, IL

Tuesday, October 3, 2023 at 4:00PM – Edgewater Branch – Chicago Public Library, 6000 N. Broadway St., Chicago, IL

Wednesday, October 4, 2023 at 4:00PM – Lincoln Belmont Branch – Chicago Public Library, 1659 W. Melrose, Chicago, IL

Thursday, October 5 at 7:00PM – Highland Park Public Library, 494 Laurel Ave., Highland Park, IL

Friday, October 6, 2023 at 1:00PM – DePaul University Library, 2350 N. Kenmore Ave., Chicago, IL
*This performance is also available to view remotely.  Register free here.

Saturday, October 7, 2023 at 2:00PM – River Forest Public Library, 735 Lathrop Ave., River Forest, IL

Bonus Performance:

Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at 6:00PM – Women of Temple Sholom Banned Books Event, 3480 N. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL

18th Annual BOOKS ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

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.”

Scheduled Events 2023

Free readings around Chicago and surround areas:

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at 7:00PM – Vernon Area Library, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire, IL

Monday, October 2, 2023 at 6:00PM – Bellwood Public Library, 600 Bohland Ave., Bellwood, IL

Tuesday, October 3, 2023 at 4:00PM – Edgewater Branch – Chicago Public Library, 6000 N. Broadway St., Chicago, IL

Wednesday, October 4, 2023 at 4:00PM – Lincoln Belmont Branch – Chicago Public Library, 1659 W. Melrose, Chicago, IL

Thursday, October 5 at 7:00PM – Highland Park Public Library, 494 Laurel Ave., Highland Park, IL

Friday, October 6, 2023 at 1:00PM – DePaul University Library, 2350 N. Kenmore Ave., Chicago, IL
*This performance is also available to view remotely.  Register free here.

Saturday, October 7, 2023 at 2:00PM – River Forest Public Library, 735 Lathrop Ave., River Forest, IL

Bonus Performance:

Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at 6:00PM – Women of Temple Sholom Banned Books Event, 3480 N. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL

18th Annual BOOKS ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

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.”

Scheduled Events 2023

Free readings around Chicago and surround areas:

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at 7:00PM – Vernon Area Library, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire, IL

Monday, October 2, 2023 at 6:00PM – Bellwood Public Library, 600 Bohland Ave., Bellwood, IL

Tuesday, October 3, 2023 at 4:00PM – Edgewater Branch – Chicago Public Library, 6000 N. Broadway St., Chicago, IL

Wednesday, October 4, 2023 at 4:00PM – Lincoln Belmont Branch – Chicago Public Library, 1659 W. Melrose, Chicago, IL

Thursday, October 5 at 7:00PM – Highland Park Public Library, 494 Laurel Ave., Highland Park, IL

Friday, October 6, 2023 at 1:00PM – DePaul University Library, 2350 N. Kenmore Ave., Chicago, IL
*This performance is also available to view remotely.  Register free here.

Saturday, October 7, 2023 at 2:00PM – River Forest Public Library, 735 Lathrop Ave., River Forest, IL

Bonus Performance:

Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at 6:00PM – Women of Temple Sholom Banned Books Event, 3480 N. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL

Events Spotlight: September 26

Happy Banned Books Week Thursday! Today brings a look at the censorship of LGBTQ+ literature, lots of live readings, and more! Let’s take a look at the happenings…

Be sure to visit the Banned Books Week event page at https://bannedbooksweek.org/events/, where you can find events happening all over the world! If you’re hosting an event, let us know about it by completing this form — we’ll add it to the map!

Don’t forget to tag @BannedBooksWeek and #BannedBooksWeek on Twitter and Facebook when you share your Banned Books Week adventures!

Coalition Events

Webinar: Banned Books Week Library Livestream — LGBTQ Challenges

Webinar • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CDT

Michelle Perez (THE PERVERT) and Grace Ellis (MOONSTRUCK) in conversation with Moni Barrette (GNCRT Board, Chula Vista Public Library Principal Librarian) about the disproportionately high incidence of bans and challenges levied against LGBTQ+ books in libraries and schools. This discussion will also touch on the recent increase in challenges and cancellations of Drag Storytimes in libraries across the nation. Brought to you by ALA’s Graphic Novel Comics Round Table and Intellectual Freedom Round Table, and Image Comics. Find out more »

Books on the Chopping Block

Edgewater Branch, Chicago, IL • 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm CDT

Free dramatic readings by City Lit Theater from the Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books in America, as compiled by the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom.  The program lasts approximately 50 minutes. Find out more »

Books on the Chopping Block

Lincoln-Belmont Branch, Chicago, IL • 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm CDT

Free dramatic readings by City Lit Theater from the Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books in America, as compiled by the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom.  The program lasts approximately 50 minutes. Find out more »

CAMPUS AT A CROSSROADS: FREE SPEECH, TRUTH, AND DEMOCRACY IN AN ELECTION YEAR

NYU Cantor Film Center, New York, NY • 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm EDT

With the 2020 election season picking up steam, debates over free speech, truth, and the university are of increasing relevance to the health of American democracy. But in an era of deepening polarization, many see these issues through partisan eyes, shouting into fractured echo chambers. Campuses seem to be at a cross-roads—can they restore a common understanding of facts, and of the rules of engagement and disagreement? Or are they in danger of buckling under the weight of our current culture war? Find out more »

Truly Uncensored? LGBTQ+ Young Adult Literature

Knowledge Centre, The British Library, London, United Kingdom • 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm BST

The UK has no official censorship – but does that fact make us too complacent? As part of Banned Book Week 2019, we explore the challenges facing LGBTQ+ Young Adult literature with Dean Atta, Fen Coles and Robin Stevens, chaired by Erica Gillingham. What are the invisible barriers to expression and publication? And how do editors, publishers, teachers, librarians, parents or even authors contribute to unofficial censorship around LGBTQ+ issues? Find out more »

Other Events

Banned Books Week: “American Slavery / American Censorship”

Harvard Law School WCC B015, Cambridge, MA • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT

Professor Randall L. Kennedy of HLS weaves a story of the fight against slavery and the censoring of David Walker’s 1822 tract Appeal to the Colored Citizens of the World. Co-sponsored by the Harvard Law School Library, the American Constitution Society, the ACLU at HLS, the Harvard Law School Rule of Law Society, and the Law and Philosophy Society. A non-pizza lunch will be served. Find out more »

San Diego Writers, Ink Presents a Very Special Banned Books Reading

Lestat’s West, San Diego, CA • 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm PDT

In honor of the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week, San Diego Writers, Ink is planning a very special Banned Books Reading on September 26, 2019, at Lestat’s West at 3343 Adams Avenue in San Diego’s Normal Heights. Find out more »

Banned Books Week Celebration at Hooray For Books!

Hooray For Books!, Alexandria, VA • 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm EDT

Every year, we’re excited to join book lovers from across Virginia to celebrate the freedom to read and call attention to the wealth of creativity that is stifled when books are forbidden from library shelves. This year’s Banned Books Week is from Sept. 22 – Sept. 28, but the fight for intellectual freedom takes place every day in every county in Virginia. That’s why we’re joining hands with independent bookstores across the Commonwealth to celebrate Banned Books Week. Find out more »

September Book Club Discussion: Brave New World

Fables Books, Goshen, IN • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EDT

Join us on Thursday, September 28th at 7 pm for our September Book Club Discussion Night. This event takes place during Banned Book Week an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. We will discuss Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. $5 for the event, snack provided. Banned in Ireland when it first appeared in 1932, and removed from shelves and objected to ever since, Brave New World is still making waves today. Find out more »

Teen Movie: To Kill a Mockingbird

Castroville Public Library, Castroville, TX • 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm CDT

In celebration of Banned Books Week, join us at the Castroville Library for a showing of To Kill a Mockingbird! Please bring blankets or lawn chairs to enjoy the show. Refreshments will be provided while supplies last. Find out more »