Image result for banned books week 2016Reading Without Walls: Author Event with Gene Luen Yang and Sesame Street

Sunday, September 25, at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (doors open at 10:15am)

53rd Street Library

Join the New York Public Library in partnership with Sesame GroverWorkshop (the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street!) as we welcome the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Gene Luen Yang, joined by his furry friend, Sesame Street’s Walkaround Grover, to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Sesame Street classic storybook,The Monster at the End of this Book. Yang will read aloud this time-honored tale (first published in 1971 by Little Golden Books) and will discuss his ‘Reading Without Walls‘ initiative, which encourages readers to explore books of diverse voices, genres, and formats. Gene Luen Yang

Sesame Street’s Walkaround Grover will greet attendees, followed by Yang’s read-aloud of The Monster at the End of this Book. Yang will then participate in a short Q&A and discussion about his  ‘Reading Without Walls’ initiative. This event will conclude with a book signing by Yang and a photo opportunity with Walkaround Grover.

In the spirit of celebration, each attendee will receive their very own copy of The Monster at the End of this Book, courtesy of Random House Children’s Books.

Admission is free. RSVP is recommended

Banned Books Week Open Mic: Celebrating Diversity

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Tuesday, September 27,  at 7:00 pm

Housing Works
126 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012

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 Daniel José Older, Ibi Zoboi, Taran Matharu, Tiffany D. Jackson, and Mariela Regalado.

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.

Admission is free.
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Battling Bannings: Authors discuss intellectual freedom and
the freedom to read

Thursday, September 29,  11:00 am – 12:00 pmWendy Dolinger

Online Webinar

What’s it like to be an author of a banned or challenged book? How do they respond and how can librarians support the freedom to read? In honor of Banned Books Week, three authors will address these questions and more during a free webinar. Moderated by Vicky Baker, Deputy Editor of Index on Censorship magazine, the webinar will include perspectives from:

-Jessica Herthel, a graduate of Harvard Law School and a co-author of I Am Jazz, a children’s picture book about a transgender girl.
-Christine Baldacchino, a former early childhood educator, and the author of the widely-acclaimed book Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress.
-Wendy Doniger, Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago, and author of The Hindus: An Alternative History; and On Hinduism, which portrays the history of Hinduism outside of mainstream perspectives.

Following the three presentations, there will be some time for Q&A. Register to attend the live webinar session.

Free Script of Chris Crutcher’s The Sledding Hill

Chris CrutcherTalented playwright Jarrett Dapier has offered his complete stage adaption of Chris Crutcher’s YA novel,The Sledding Hill to the Office for Intellectual Freedom in support of Banned Books Week. There are no limitations to reading, sharing, or printing Dapier’s play.

It is available here to download and read freely.

 

Around Town: July 27th- Aug 2nd

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July 27 – Book(less) Dystopias and Linguistic Armageddons

Screen Shot 2015-07-20 at 10.48.51 AMGreenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Time: 7:30pm

As writers create stories of other worlds – future, fantastical, or alternate – many engage with the question of story itself. How might our relationship to language, words, and books themselves be different in a different context, and what might that tell us about our own world? Tonight at Greenlight, a panel of writers discusses the place of language and literature in their fictional universes. In Alena Graedon’s The Word Exchange, the creators of the last print dictionary in an entirely digital age find themselves running afoul of the powers that be. Jonah Kruvant’s The Last Book Ever Written tells the story of a future officer of the law who goes undercover with an illegal community of writers, and finds that the faux-manuscript he has created takes on more significance than he intended. The Only Words That Are Worth RememberingJeffrey Rotter’s novel of a near-future America, is narrated in the mutated English of a post-literate age. The discussion is moderated by Justin Alvarez, former digital editor of the Paris Review and media editor of Guernica, now a publisher at Lucky Peach.

 

July 28th – Women’s/Trans Poetry Jam & Open Mic

Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen Street
New York, NY

Time: 7:00pm

In Amy Barone’s new poetry chapbook, Kamikaze Dance, she write about nature, music, and the essence of place, including her Pennsylvania hometown, Rio, the Greek Island of Zante and Italy. And she also touches on family conflict and relations  In Carol Rosenfeld’s novel The One That Got Away a barely-out-of-the-closet bridal consultant confronts love, lust, dyke drama and not having a date for New Year’s Eve.

This series, started in 1999, is hosted by Vittoria repetto – the hardest working guinea butch dyke poet on the lower east side Open mike ( for women & trans only) – sign-up at 7 pm – 8 minute limit. Bring your poetry, your prose, your songs, and your spoken word.

This event costs $5

 

 

July 30th – Writing War

Brooklyn Historical Society 
128 Pierrepont St.

Time: 6:30pm

After more than a decade of war in Afghanistan and Iraq, an impressive cadre of writers has emerged from the ranks of America’s military to put stories of war and homecoming on paper. BHS welcomes National Book Award winner Philip Klay (Redeployment), former U.S. Army Captain Matt Gallagher (Kaboom), author Sara Novic and poet and playwright Maurice Decaul for a discussion moderated by Brandon Willitts, Executive Director of Words After War.

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August 1 – Brooklyn Small Press Flea

bpl_logo10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY

Time: 10am-4pm

This pop-up book fair features Brooklyn’s finest indie presses, including A Public SpaceArchipelago BooksBELLADONNA*Electric LiteratureFuturepoemGuillotineMelville HouseOne StoryUgly Duckling Presse, and many more.

Co-presented with BOMB magazine.