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Readings in U of M Library Rotunda Will Mark Banned Books Week Sept. 23-27

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 or contact Jennifer Schnabel at 678-8210 or

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