Banned Books Week


The Capital Region Chapter sponsored three “Read Outs” during Banned Books Week 2008. Dozens of readers from throughout the community read selections from works that have been banned in various places and at various times­books such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, To Kill a Mockingbird, A Wrinkle in Time, Native Son and Harry Potter (so far, the most challenged book of the current century). The events took place at the Bethlehem and Troy public libraries and at Tess’ Lark Tavern in Albany.

Readers included poets, novelists, librarians, professors, storytellers, teachers, and activists of all types. Jeanne Finley, the chapter board member who organized the Troy event on September 30, said, “Everyone read beautifully. We all agreed we should go on the road.” Board member Ted Smith organized the Bethlehem “Read Out” on September 28 and board members John Cirrin and Joanna Palladino handled the Albany event on October 3. Board members Kathy Manley and Michael Rice read from their favorite banned book in Troy.

Banned Books Week has been celebrated annually during the last week of September since 1982. It is sponsored by the American Library Association, the American Booksellers Association, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expressions, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Association of American Publishers and the National Association of College Stores. It is also endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.