For release: September 14, 2011
For press information, contact Inez Todd, 901-678-8219
The University Libraries of the University of Memphis will observe Banned Books Week
Sept. 26-30 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 1:30 p.m. There is no charge
In recognition of the University’s centennial, readings will focus on books banned
during the Progressive Era (1890-1920), which includes the school’s opening in 1912.
Among others, books banned during this period include The Arabian Nights by Sir Richard Burton, Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser, Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, The Art of Love by Ovid and The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.
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, or to volunteer to read excerpts during
the week’s event, contact Inez Todd at 901-678-8219.