Celebrating Banned Books Week: A Conversation with Banned and Challenged Young Adult Authors

The sponsors of Banned Books Week are hosting a free keynote event during Banned Books Week that will feature an exciting conversation with some of the industry’s best-known banned and challenged Young Adult authors.

The discussion will focus on the topic of censorship, each author’s experience being banned or challenged, and the importance of free and open access to all books, especially for young adult readers. David Shipler, author of Freedom of Speech: Mightier Than the Sword, will moderate the conversation.

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information.

Featured Young Adult Authors include:

  • David Levithan, author of Boy Meets Boy and Two Boys Kissing
  • Meg Medina, author of Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, which has been banned in some areas due to its title; and
  • Coe Booth, author of Kinda Like Brothers.

We’ll see you at this amazing free event on Tuesday, September 29, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe (126 Crosby Street New York, NY 10012)!

As you’re planning your events or developing your library and classroom curricula, be sure to check out these other valuable CBLDF resources:

Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association, American Booksellers 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 Foundation, and Project Censored.

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