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Banned Books Readout

Banned Books Week

Date, Location

    Banned Books Week Celebration

    Celebrate your intellectual freedom with the American Civil Liberties Union and Kalamazoo Public Library! Local literary celebrities will read from frequently challenged books.

    The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees your right to decide for yourself what you read, listen to, or view. Banned Books Week, observed since 1982, reminds Americans not to take this precious right for granted.



    Ann Rohrbaugh, Director, Kalamazoo Public Library


    Eric Pott, ACLU-SW MI


    Selections from frequently challenged books.

    Captain Underpants, by Dav Pilkey
    Read by Calvin Willson, Kalamazoo Civic Theatre

    People's History of the United States, by Howard Zinn
    Read by Keith Thompson, WWMTChief Meteorologist

    50 Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
    Read by Gwyneth Fenn, Kalamazoo Civic Theatre and All Ears Theater

    Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher
    Read by Kevin King, Kalamazoo Public Library

    The Gulag Archipelago, by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
    Read by Dr. James Butterfield, WMU Political Science Department


    Mark Hurwitz, PhD,
    WMU Political Science, Professor