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U of M Will Feature Readings from Banned Books Sept. 26-30
For release: Sept. 16, 2005
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In observance of Banned Books Week, the University of Memphis' Ned R. McWherter Library will feature readings by faculty, staff, students, and others from books that have been challenged by people who were opposed to their content or books that have been banned from public access in the United States.

Readings will be held in the McWherter Library rotunda at 11:30 a.m., noon, and 12:30 p.m. from Monday, Sept. 26, through Friday, Sept. 30. A question-and-answer session will follow each reading.

The readings will be from books that were controversial at some time in American history. Among the challenged titles are Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird , Judy Blume's Forever, John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men , Alvin Schwartz's Scary Stories , J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings , J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye , Toni Morrison's Beloved , Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn , Alice Walker's The Color Purple , and R.L. Stine's Goosebumps series.

The University's participation in the nationwide project will help call attention to the importance of the rights of free speech and free expression. The event is sponsored by the University Libraries and Friends of the University Libraries.

For more information, contact Tom Mendina at 678-4310 or via email at tmendina@memphis.edu.

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