CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein to Talk Banned Comics on Project Censored Today!


Project Censored is one of the sponsors of Banned Books Week, and to celebrate the freedom to read, they’ll be talking to CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein today about Banned Books Week, comics books, and censorship. You can tune in online or via 94.1 FM in the San Francisco Bay Area at 1:00 p.m. PDT for an hour-long discussion of banned books.

On the next Project Censored Show on Pacifica Radio, join co-hosts Mickey Huff and Peter Phillips as they celebrate Banned Books Week. This year, BBW focuses on Graphic Novels. The first guest is Charles Brownstein, Executive Director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Charles will give a history of censorship and comic books and why this theme was chosen for BBW this year; Barbara Jones joins the program to give perspectives on BBW from the American Library Association, where she is director of Director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom; the second half of the show looks at a recent example of book banning in Delaware regarding The Miseducation of Cameron Post — the librarian of the Dover Pubic Library, Margery Cyr, joins the program to give overall details of the struggle over the book; Susan McAnelly, manager of Browesabout Books in Rehoboth Beach, tells of her role and that of independent bookstores in fighting censorship; and recent high school graduate, Maddi Bacon, explains how she was active opposing the ban as a student at the Cape Henlopen High School.

Tune in online at http://kpfa.org/, KPFA Free Speech Radio, or on the terrestrial dial at 94.1 FM in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Project Censored Show rebroadcasts on close to twenty stations around the US. To learn how to bring the Project Censored Show to your community radio station, contact the hosts through http://projectcensored.org where past shows are also archived for further listening.

Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association, American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, American Library Association, American Society of Journalists and Authors, Association of American Publishers; Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Freedom to Read Foundation, National Association of College Stores, National Coalition Against Censorship, National Council of Teachers of English, PEN American Center, People For the American Way, and Project Censored. It is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

For more information on Banned Books Week, book challenges and censorship, please visit the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom’s Banned Books website or bannedbooksweek.org.