Sunday, September 24, 2006

What banned books have you read?

See ACLU of Texas' 10th annual Banned Books report (pdf) to find out which Texas school libraries faced challenges last year over books like To Kill a Mockingbird, The Grapes of Wrath, or The Lemming Condition. This year the report contains an exclusive interview with Judy Blume, one of the state's most frequently banned authors. What banned books have you read lately?

UPDATE: Thanks the Debbie Russell of the ACLU Central Texas chapter for this reminder in the comments:

In Austin, please join us Wednesday evening for a special event:

In conjunction with Banned Books Week, on Wednesday, Sept. 27, the Central Texas ACLU is hosting an evening of short readings from some of the "scandalous" books that made the list. Come celebrate freedom with community leaders who care about uncensored access to knowledge!

ACLU-Central Texas Chapter hosts
Reception & Readings from Banned Books
Wednesday, September 27, 6:30 pm at

Brave New Books
1904 Guadalupe
(In the basement of the Chase Bank building across
from the Dobie Mall. Parking in rear and in the Dobie garage.)

GUEST READERS
  • Lee Leffingwell, City of Austin councilmember/longtime supporter of the Banned Books Project
  • Kate Messer, senior editor, Austin Chronicle
  • Nelson Linder, president, NAACP-Austin
  • Brenda Sendejo, UT Department of Anthropology & Center for Mexican American Studies
  • James Canup, development director, ACLU-Texas
  • Olga Herrera, graduate student, UT Dept. of English
  • Bob Jensen, professor, UT School of Journalism
  • Tamara Hoover, former art teacher, AISD
Go here for more info, or call 573-6194

4 comments:

800 pound gorilla said...

I didn't see Huckleberry Finn - the fourth most banned book in the USA. Banned for use of the N word. I'm surprised at Captain Underpants. I guess it puts an authority figure [high school principal] subject to ridicule for disciplining miscreants in a heavy handed manner. I would have thought the Emperor's New Clothes would be banned as an allegory about the War on Drugs and the total lack of standards for drug restrictions. I often feel just like the boy - being ignored when I point out the obvious.

Debbie Russell said...

In Austin, please join us Wednesday evening for a special event:

In conjunction with Banned Books Week, on Wednesday, Sept. 27, the Central Texas ACLU is hosting an evening of short readings from some of the "scandalous" books that made the list. Come celebrate freedom with community leaders who care about uncensored access to knowledge!

ACLU-Central Texas Chapter hosts
Reception & Readings from Banned Books
Wednesday, September 27, 6:30 pm
at
Brave New Books
1904 Guadalupe
-In the basement of the Chase Bank building across from the Dobie Mall.
Parking in rear and in the Dobie garage.

GUEST READERS

Lee Leffingwell, City of Austin councilmember/longtime supporter of the Banned Books Project
Kate Messer, senior editor, Austin Chronicle
Nelson Linder, president, NAACP-Austin
Brenda Sendejo, UT Department of Anthropology & Center for Mexican American Studies
James Canup, development director, ACLU-Texas
Olga Herrera, graduate student, UT Dept. of English
Bob Jensen, professor, UT School of Journalism
Tamara Hoover, former art teacher, AISD

For more info:
http://www.aclutx.org/chapters/austin.php
573-6194

Chus said...

This is what I think: Tamara Hoover. There are some photos here: Tamara Hover's Photos.

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