For release: September 17, 2013
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843
The University Libraries of the University of Memphis will observe Banned Books Week
and celebrate the freedom to read Sept. 23-27 with public readings from banned or
challenged books. The readings – by faculty, students, administrators and others –
will begin at 11:30 a.m. each day in the Ned R. McWherter Library rotunda and end
around 1 p.m. Each reading will be followed by a brief discussion of the book.
There is no charge to attend.
Among this year’s participants are U of M Provost David Rudd; Kaitlin Duckett, president
of the Graduate Student Association; Dr. Aram Goudsouzian, chair of the Department
of History; and Dr. Rosie Phillips Bingham, vice president for Student Affairs. They
will read from such books as To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe and The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison.
Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Library Association, which keeps track
of books that have been challenged or banned from libraries or bookstores in the United
States. Each year American libraries face numerous challenges against books that contain
what some people consider offensive language, sexually explicit material, violence
and other issues.
The University’s participation in the nationwide project helps call attention to the
importance of the rights of free speech and free expression.
For more information on Banned Books Week and a schedule of readers, visit http://libguides.memphis.edu/bannedbooksweek or contact Jennifer Schnabel at 678-8210 or firstname.lastname@example.org.