The second annual event, which explores censorship and the importance of artistic freedom, is being held during the American Library Association’s Banned Books week, Sept. 24 through Oct. 1. Special events are held across the country each year to draw attention to the many well-known and well-loved literary works that are frequently challenged or banned in communities nationwide.
Sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada, Washoe County Library System and the University of Nevada, Reno, Creative Writing Club, “I read banned books” will be held in the Rotunda of the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center on the UNR campus. Admission is free.
The following community leaders will read excerpts of their choice from different books: Dennis Myers (news editor, Reno News & Review), Arnie Maurins (director, Washoe County Library System), Christina Barr (executive director, Nevada Humanities), Andy Barbano (first vice president, Reno-Sparks NAACP), Will Roger (founding board member, Burning Man), Sam Stone (Nevada journalist), Rebecca Gasca (legislative and policy director, ACLU of Nevada), Teresa Mullins (social media associate, QuinStreet Media), Aaron Bennedetti (UNR student) and Alex Miller (elementary school student whose book was confiscated because of its content). Readings will be moderated by Chris Coake, UNR professor of creative writing.
“We are thrilled to work with our partner organizations to bring back ‘I Read Banned Books’ for a second year,” Gasca said. “In 2011, when censorship of everything from “Brave New World” to “The Hunger Games” still takes place in the United States, an event like this highlights the benefits of freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered controversial.”
For more info, contact Gasca at 786-1033 or email@example.com.