Community Leaders Celebrate Banned Books Week Through Reading
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Members of the literary community gathered recently on the University of Nevada, Reno's campus to read and hear excerpts of their favorite banned books, as part of the American Library Association's Banned Book Week.
The event was moderated by local author Ellen Hopkins, who was the most challenged author in 2010 and wrote the book Crank, the fourth most challenged book in 2010. It tells the story of her own daughter's drug addiction.
"Book challeneges are fear based," said Hopkins. "People fear what is not like them, what they don't understand. The excerpts you'll hear tonight all at some time along the way made people afraid. I think that's good."
The event was hosted by the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada, the Washoe County Library System, the University Writing Center and Grassroots Books. For more on Banned Book Week, go to www.grassrootsbooks.com.
Click on the audio sample for excerpts from some of the books. It features the following readers:
Arnie Maurins, Director of the Washoe County Library System-To Kill a Mockingbird
Dave Aiazzi, Reno City Councilman-A Clockwork Orange
Christina Barr, Executive Director of Nevada Humanities- Where the Sidewalk Ends
Sue Clark, Retired Arts Administrator & Community Leader- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Pan Pantoja, Spoken Views member- The Grapes of Wrath
Vanessa Spinazola, Legislative and Advocacy Director for the ACLU of Nevada- The Color Purple