VLA and ACLU to Hold Banned Books Week Read-out – Spread the Word

Dear friends,

In celebration of the First Amendment during Banned Books Week, the VLA Intellectual Freedom Committee and the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont will present “An Evening Without. . .Giving Voice to the Silenced,” Thursday, Sept. 30.

The free event will feature writers from around Vermont as they read from works by those whose writing has been challenged, censored, or banned.

Featured readers are Jerry Carbone (director of the Brooks Memorial Library), Jon Clinch, Joni Cole, Castle Freeman, Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina, Karen Hesse, and Suzanne Kingsbury, reading from works by Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, George Orwell, Katherine Paterson, John Steinbeck, Mark Twain, and Kurt Vonnegut.

The event is held in collaboration with the Brattleboro Literary Festival, and is funded in part by VLA’s John Swan Endowment Fund.  John Swan was a Vermont librarian and intellectual freedom advocate.

WHEN:  September 30 at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE:  Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main Street, Brattleboro, Vermont

I hope you’ll attend if you can, and that you’ll help promote the event at your library.  Please visit the ACLU Web site at http://www.acluvt.org/news/evening_without.php to download and print a PDF poster you can hang and re-distribute via e-mail.  Information about the event is also available at http://brattleboroliteraryfestival.org/event/an-evening-without-giving-voice-to-the-silenced/

Thanks, and please let me know if you have questions.

Trina Magi
Member, VLA Intellectual Freedom Committee