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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Next week is Banned Books Week.
I’m going to celebrate by reading “I Am The Cheese” by Robert Cormier
Banned Books Week is the national book community's annual celebration of the freedom to read. Hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. The 2012 celebration of Banned Books Week will be held from September 30 through October 6. 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. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982.  :
1. ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle 
Reasons: offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
2. The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa
Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
3. The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins
Reasons: anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence
4. My Mom's Having A Baby! A Kid's Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler
Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
6. Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Reasons: nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint
7. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
Reasons: insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit
8. What My Mother Doesn't Know, by Sonya Sones
Reasons: nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit
9. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar
Reasons: drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
Reasons: offensive language; racism

Thursday, September 27, 2012  
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Join the ACLU, CLP and WYEP for this annual banned books celebration at the Frick Fine Arts Building. The free program features:
*Jeremy Braverman,
independent Filmmaker
*Dr. Goddess (Kimberly Ellis), writer, entertainer,entrepreneur, scholar, activist
*Kathleen George & Hilary Masters,
novelists, professors, married…to each other
*Reggie Shuford, Executive Director of the ACLU of PA, reading In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
*Virginia Montanez, aka Pitt Girl, Blogger,"at’s Church, Pittsburgh Magazine columnist
*Gemini Children's Theater, performing a scene from The Wizard of Oz
... and more!
PLUS: ( Avert your eyes! ) A Short History of BANNED ART

Free and Open to the Public
Presented by: ACLU
Frick Fine Arts Building
Schenley Drive

Pittsburgh, PA 15260

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