Columbia College Chicago

September 23, 2010

Banned Books Week Read Out!

Join the American Library Association as they celebrate Banned Books Week by sponsoring a Read-Out on Saturday, September 25, 2010, from noon to 2:00 PM, in historic Bughouse Square (Washington Square Park), 901 N. Clark St., Chicago.

The Read-Out is an annual event to bring attention to books that have been banned and challenged in the United States. ALA President Roberta Stevens will welcome critically acclaimed and censored young adult author, Chris Crutcher, host of the event. Admission is FREE.

Some of the authors featured on the ten most frequently challenged books of 2009 will read from their work and share their experiences as targets of censors. The readings begin at noon and will be followed by book signings by all the authors in attendance from 2:00 to 3:00 PM.

A limited number of books will be given away for free to participating audience members.


Confirmed censored authors:
Lauren Myracle (ttyl, ttfn, l8r g8r of the Internet Girl Series)

Tentatively scheduled censored authors:
Stephen Chbosky (Perks of Being a Wallflower)
Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell (And Tango Makes Three).

Local Chicago celebrities:

Rick Kogan, WGN's Sunday Papers
Elizabeth Taylor, Chicago Tribune

Performances by City Lit Theater Company


The American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom, the McCormick Foundation Civics Program, and the Newberry Library are proud to continue to sponsor this event.

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