Banned Books Week (Sunday, September 25 through Saturday, October 1, 2016) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read, and highlighting the value of free and open access to information. The 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. Check out the American Library Association's frequently challenged books section, and see our in-store displays to explore the issues and controversies around book challenges and book banning. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools.
In collaboration with other sponsors of Banned Books Week, this year we are highlighting the diverse content in the list of 2015 Top Ten Most Challenged Books. We Need Diverse Books, a partner in Banned Books Week, offers this definition of diversity in their mission statement: "We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities*, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities."
Readers, supporters of the First Amendment, and anti-censorship activists are invited to join us to read the book and join the discussion! For our event, we've chosen the wonderful graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel, one of the 10 most challenged books of 2015. English and Gender Studies professor, Gillian Silverman, Ph.D, from the University of Colorado, Denver will join us to lead our discussion of Fun Home.