The annual Banned Books Week runs September 27 – October 3, 2020. Which means we have plenty of time to participate!
“The list features many of the most popular and acclaimed titles and writers in publishing, from Dav Pilkeyâ€™s Captain Underpants to Toni Morrisonâ€™s The Bluest Eye,” says the website. “Many of the books on OIFâ€™s top 100 list were targeted for LGBTQIA+ content.”
This annual event celebrates the freedom to read. Typically, bookstores and libraries offer special displays and programs highlighting banned books, so if a bookish facility is open near you, we recommend starting there!
Virtual events include “Share Your Shelfie,” happening all week; banned books trivia questions posted daily; and presentations including a conversation with Jami Cassady, daughter of beat writer Neal Cassady; Grammy Award-winning musicians and free expression heroes Portugal. The Man!; and a conversation about “Black People in Comics” with Valentine De Landro (Bitch Planet, X-Factor), Johnnie Christmas (Tartatus, Sheltered) and Chuck Brown (Bitter Root).
For more about events around Banned Books Week, click here.
What banned book have you read lately?