Banned Books Week

Celebrating the Freedom to Read: Sept. 21-27, 2014

Featured Events

Banned Books Week 2013 Twitter Party 

For the first time this year, Twitter parties will help promote the message of Banned Books Week.  A  party will be held on Monday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m. to noon, Eastern Time, and Wednesday; a second party is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 25, from noon to 2 p.m., Eastern.  Supporters are urged to tweet using the hashtag #bannedbooksweek. And additional tags: #bannedbookparty, #heroes, @OIF, @KidsRight2Read, @freadom, @FTRF.

Sample tweets include:

“Three cheers for the #bannedbooksweek #heroes. Thanks to all teachers, students, activists who stand up against #censorship” LINK

It’s #bannedbooksweek and I’m/we’re reading [insert banned book here]. Check out!


Hangouts on Air: Check out the awesome Hangout on Air schedule we have planned for Banned Books Week. Feel free to reshare the events and invite your circles. We’d appreciate any and all support to help spread the word.

9/23: PEN American Center and the ALA Presents: A Live Hangout On Air with Sherman Alexie

9/23: Banned Books Week event: Author Mark Vonnegut reads from Slaughterhouse-

Five and discusses his father’s experiences with censorship

9/24: Google+ and BookTrib Presents: A Live Hangout On Air with Jay Asher,

9/24: Celebrate Banned Books Week - Discover What You’re Missing

9/24: CBLDF Presents: Brad Meltzer on Banned Books Week, a Google+ Hang Out!

10/25: Lauren Oliver and Friends: Banned Books Week

9/26: PEN American Center Presents: A Live Hangout On Air with Erica Jong


Saturday, November 9, 2013

Sherman Alexie: THe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (and Banned Writer)
Featured at the Chicago Humanities Festival
10:00 to 11:00 AM
General Admission: $15.00
Teachers and Students: $5.00

As a literary animal, Sherman Alexie has many identities. Of Spokane/Coeur d’Alene tribal heritage, he is a novelist (The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian), filmmaker (Smoke Signals), and poet (I Would Steal Horses, The Business of Fancydancing). For the past 25 years, he has insightfully explored contemporary Native American culture, urging his readers, with candor and humor, to look beyond the stereotypes that have often been associated with reservation life. One of the most decorated writers in America, he reads from his work and discusses a surprising—and problematic—achievement. He is one of the most-banned living authors, a fact that has propelled him into the front lines of the struggle against censorship. He will be joined in conversation by author Rebecca Makkai.
This program is presented in partnership with the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom and the Freedom to Read Foundation.