Join us for the 6th annual presentation of readings by notable residents focusing on the freedom to read, freedom from censorship, and the Constitutionally protected freedom of speech.
Readers this year: Brendan Dubois, well-known author of the Lewis Cole mystery series, as well as of other books, will read from Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451; Courtney Marshall, English instructor at Phillips Exeter Academy, will read from Stephen King’s Carrie; Jonathan Ring, Exeter businessman and activist, will read from George Orwell’s 1984; Lisa Bunker, Exeter first-time author, will read from Madeleine Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time; and Roger Goun, area artist, photographer and activist, will read from Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.
Devon Chaffee, Executive Director of ACLU-NH, will discuss the value of highlighting freedom of speech in difficult political times. The event, which is free and open to the public, will include discussion following the readings. Refreshments will be served.
Q: Why Banned Books Week?
A: Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Highlighting the value of free and open access to information, Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek, to publish, to read, and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted for removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read. (From the ALA website.)