TODAY: CBLDF Twitter Party with Jenni Holm and Larry Marder!

jhill-BBW-2014Today, CBLDF President and Beanworld creator Larry Marder joins Babymouse writer Jenni Holm for a Twitter Party!

Several folks reached out to CBLDF to tell us about their events, and you can check them out below. Today, there are events in New York and Oregon, as well as a fundraiser in Texas! The list that follows is far from complete — no matter where you live, you’re sure to find a Banned Books Week event nearby. For a longer list of events organized by state, check out!


Banned Books Week Twitter Party

Join Three-time Newbery Award honoree Jennifer L. Holm (@jenniholm), Beanworld author and CBLDF president Larry Marder (@larrymarder) for a Twitter Party sponsored by @BannedBooksWeek and @CBLDF this Friday, September 26, at 6:00 p.m. EDT/ 3:00 p.m. PDT. Talk favorite banned books and comics, teaching with comics, and more! Follow @CBLDF, @jenniholm, @larrymarder, and @BannedBooksWeek, and use #bannedcomics to join the conversation! More info

New York

Banned Books Week

Friday, September 26, 4:00 p.m. EDT
New York Public Library: Bronx Library Center, Teen Center

As we close out Banned Book Week, come join us in a discussion about challenged and banned graphic novels. Meet Cartoonist Mike Cavallaro, who will talk about how he turned his love of Cartooning, Animation and Graphic Novels into a 20+ year career on projects that include: Batman: The Brave & The Bold, Megaman, The Shield, Foiled, MTV’s Celebrity Deathmatch and others. Mike will discuss his process and take questions, with an open portfolio review at the end. More info

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Batman Appreciation Day

Friday, September 26, 4:00 p.m. EDT
New York Public Library: Bronx Library Center, Teen Center

In celebration of Banned Books Week the Teen Center at BLC is hosting a Batman Day event. The hero of Gotham City has often been challenged for content in schools and libraries across the country. We will defend the right to read and view with Batman trivia, giveaways, movies and more. Directly following our Banned Books Week program with Mike Cavallaro at 4pm. More info

Bad for You! Celebrating Banned Books Week

Saturday, September 27, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT
New York Public Library: Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Auditorium

Are you the kind of kid who thinks it’s BAD when a graphic novel gets banned? Then get ready to be totally shocked when you find out there was once a time in this country when comic books were BURNED!

Kevin C. Pyle and Scott Cunningham will be reading from their docu-comic BAD FOR YOU: EXPOSING THE WAR ON FUN, detailing those dark days and more. They have a whole chapter on the stuff adults were once afraid of kids reading—including fears from ancient times about reading itself! You’ll also learn about how scary old fairy tales once were, as well as what keeps getting Harry Potter books banned (hint, it has something to do with the devil).

Join Kevin and Scott for their celebration of Banned Books Week (September 21-27) and find out how much fun BAD can be! More info


Banned Books Read-Out

Saturday, September 27, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. PDT
Downtown Eugene Public Library (100 W 10th Ave., Eugene, OR)

On September 27, 2014 from 1pm to 3pm in the central rotunda, the Eugene Public Library will hold a Banned Books Week Readout for the community. Volunteers will read aloud a passage from each of several books, which include the graphic novels, Bone, Out from Boneville by Jeff Smith, The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey, Blankets by Craig Thompson, Watchmen by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons, and Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan & Niko Henrichon.

The BBW Readout is a collaborative effort of Springfield Public Library, the local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, and Eugene Public Library.

In addition, there will be displays throughout the library through September of banned/challenged books in adult fiction and nonfiction, children’s books, and teen’s books. More info

Cafe Banned Presents…To Cut or Not to Cut: A conversation about censorship

Saturday, September 27, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. PDT
Multnomah County Library (801 SW 10th Avenue, Portland, OR)

Recent efforts to remove the n-word in literature—from a recent edition of Mark Twain’s Huck Finn in which the word is changed to “slave” to the attempt to halt a high school production of August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone because of its “offensive” language—raise questions about censorship. Is censorship ever a good thing? Should accommodations be made considering the difference between a character’s and author’s point of view? Reed College professor Pancho Savery will facilitate a discussion that examines these questions, as well as their importance beyond conversations about literature.

Savery’s program is made possible by funding from Oregon Humanities, which connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities. More info


Banned Books Week at Generation X Comics

September 21 – 27, 2014
Generation X Comics (3504 Harwood Rd Suite 304, Bedford, TX)

Generation X will donate an amount equal to the purchase price anytime someone buys a banned comic during Banned Books Week. Titles included in the offer are Adventures of Captain Underpants Vol. 1, Batman: The Killing Joke, Bone Vol. 1: Out from Boneville, Fun Home, Maus Vol. 1, Persepolis, Pride of Baghdad, Sandman Vol. 1, Stuck Rubber Baby, Tank Girl Vol. 1, and Watchmen. More info


Registration is free, but spaces are limited. Register here.