Banned Books Week Open Mic: Celebrating Diversity

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 7:00pm

A reading and open mic celebrating inclusivity in literature, with banned, challenged, and disenfranchised voices. Join the sponsors of Banned Books Week for an inspring evening of readings celebrating the work of diverse writers and authors. Scheduled readers so far include. Readings by Daniel José Older, Ibi Zoboi, Taran Matharu, Tiffany D. Jackson, Charles Rice-Gonzalez, Gabby Rivera, Mariela Regalado and Sydney Valerio.

This year's Banned Books Week - the annual celebration of the freedom to read - is focusing on diversity and will celebrate literature written by diverse writers, especially those that have been banned or challenged. It is estimated that over half of all banned books are by authors of color, or contain events and issues concerning diverse communities, according to ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom.

The Banned Books Week Coalition is a national alliance of like-minded organizations whose purpose is to increase awareness of the annual celebration of the freedom to read. The Coalition seeks to engage diverse stakeholders and inspire participation in Banned Books Week through the creation of education, advocacy, and programming about the problem of book censorship.

This event is held in conjunction with open mics hosted at partner bookstores around the country on this date. We are thrilled to be a part of the 2016 coalition which includes: Housing Works Bookstore Cafe (NYC), Skylight Books (LA), Book Cellar (Chicago), Politics & Prose (DC), Tattered Cover Book Store (Denver), Powell's Books (PDX), Books & Books (Miami).


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