Celebrating Banned Books Week: A Conversation with Banned and Challenged Young Adult Authors

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 7:00pm

Join the sponsors of Banned Books Week for an exciting conversation with banned and challenged Young Adult authors, including David Levithan, author of Boy Meets Boy and Two Boys KissingMeg Medina, author of Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, which has been banned in some areas due to its title, and Coe Booth, author of Kinda Like Brothers. The discussion will focus on the topic of censorship, each author's experience being banned or challenged, and the importance of free and open access to all books, especially for young adult readers. The conversation will be moderated by David Shipler, author of Freedom of Speech: Mightier Than the Sword.

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. This year’s theme will focus on challenges to Young Adult books.


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