9/27/2010

We're reading banned books!

Langsdale Library is celebrating the freedom to read during Banned Books Week. In public and school libraries around the world, many books are challenged, banned or censored – 460 challenges were reported to Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2009. Most challenges are due to sexually explicit material, offensive language and violence.

We’re sponsoring the Banned Book Reading at Barnes & Noble bookstore cafĂ© on Tuesday, September 28th from 11am-2pm. UB faculty and staff will be reading and discussing some of the most controversial books in America:

Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee

Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

1984 by George Orwell

Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg

Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller

Langsdale Library has these banned books and more – stop by to check a few out and celebrate Banned Books Week with us! To see the top 100 list of banned and challenged books in the past decade, visit the American Library Association’s website. What’s your favorite banned book?

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