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Readings in U of M Library Rotunda Will Mark Banned Books Week Sept. 28-Oct. 2 University News
For release: September 15, 2009

For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843

The University Libraries of the University of Memphis will observe Banned Books Week Sept. 28-Oct. 2 with public readings from banned or challenged books. The readings, by faculty, students, administrators, Friends of the Libraries members, and others, will begin at 11:30 a.m. each day in the rotunda of the Ned R. McWherter Library. There is no charge to attend.

U of M President Shirley Raines is scheduled to read to a group of students from the U of M Campus School on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 1 p.m.

Readings will be from such books as And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky and Uncle Bobby’s Wedding by Sarah S. Brannen, as well as classics like The Color Purple by Alice Walker, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

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. Over the past eight years, American libraries have faced 3,736 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 do a reading, contact Tom Mendina at 901-678-4310 or, or Klaudia Kroboth at 901-678-2209 or

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