Lewd? Obscene? Scandalous? Perhaps, but that may be part of the reason I have loved so many of the infamous books that show up year after year on the American Library Association’s Frequently Banned and Challenged Books lists. This year I get to share my love of these titles with the world as Banned Books Week, one of the more glorious weeks in books, is upon us and this year we want you to share your favorite.
I am guilty of reading subversive literature filled to the brim with dangerous ideas and inflammatory language. I have been committing illicit acts of reading since I was a child, though my teen years were my most seditious. Yet I have never been arrested, or had to smuggle in a restricted book. I have always enjoyed the right to read freely and that is why I celebrate Banned Books Week.
This year Banned Books Week is September 22-28 and I encourage you to visit your local Denver Public Library branch and get caught reading banned books! If you have your mug shot photo taken with your favorite banned book, be sure to share it with us on the DPL facebook page.
Remember the story associated with the photo on the cover of Censored 2013? A U.C. Davis police officer is blasting pepper spray into the face of a college student. The students are peacefully protesting tuition hikes and income inequality during a 2011 "Occupy" sit-in. Did you miss the story? If so it might be due to the corporate media's failure to bring it to your attention.
I bring this book and story to your attention in order to pique your interest and share my excitement about a conference Denver is hosting this weekend (April 5-7). The sixth meeting of The National Conference for Media Reform (NCMR) will be held at the downtown Sheraton Hotel. It will be my fifth NCMR and I am ready for a thought provoking, creative, and fun weekend! Here is what's on tap...