Celebrate the right to read whatever you want at a Banned Books Week poetry reading in NYC on Monday, Sept. 30th. Paradise Banned: Poetry Readings for Banned Books with Timothy Donnelly, Deborah Landau and other poets, authors and writers is sponsored by The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression and the PEN American Center in honor of banned poetry.
It is one of many Banned Books Week events throughout the USA that brings together the entire book community each yer at the end of September – 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
The Banned Poetry reading is at the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby Street in SOHO, at 7 p.m., and it is FREE. Event website or call or email to reserve a space and stand up for the right to read – (212) 587-4025, ext. 6, [email protected]
For whatever dumb stupid reason, the poplar children’s book Captain Underpants is the most banned book of 2012, according to the magazine The Atlantic. Captain Underpants is a book children love, including my own two young grandchildren, because it is so silly wonderful and makes them giggle, and I love to read to them for that very reason. Captain Underpants was banned more often in 2012 than Fifty Shades of Grey. Go figure.