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Upcoming Banned Books ReadOuts in Albany and Troy

Banned Books Week 2012

Next week there will be two Banned Books ReadOuts happening in the area. The Albany ReadOut will take place on Friday evening at the University Club on Washington Ave at 6:00PM. And then the next morning the ReadOut moves across the river to Market Block Books in Troy starting at 10:00AM.

Here is the information about the events with links to their Facebook event pages.

Albany Banned Books ReadOut – Friday, September 28, 6:00PM at the University Club, 141 Washington Avenue, Albany

Join us for a ReadOut where great books are brought to life!

Banned Books Week (Sept. 30 – Oct. 6, 2012) highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship. Building on the success of their joint 2011 program, the University Club of Albany Foundation and the New York Civil Liberties Union, Capital Region Chapter will present ReadOut! on Friday, September 28 at 6:00 p.m. at the National Register-listed University Club of Albany, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street.

Local actors, writers, poets, and community leaders will read brief excerpts from books that have been banned or challenged in America. Works selected to date include: Beowulf, 1984, and The Importance of Being Earnest. This event is free and open to the public, light fare will be served, and drinks will be available.

Banned Books Week is marking its 30th anniversary in 2012. It brings together the entire book community – librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types – in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

Additional ReadOut! programs are slated for the Schenectady Public Library on Sunday, September 23 at 2:00 p.m. and Market Block Books on River Street in Troy on Saturday, September 29 from 10:00 a.m. to noon.

According to Joanna Palladino, a member of the NYCLU and an organizer of the event, “As Noam Chomsky said, ‘If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.’ Banned Books Week stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of diverse points of view for all who wish to read and access them.”

Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association; American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression; the American Library Association; American Society of Journalists and Authors; Association of American Publishers; Comic Book Legal Defense Fund; the Freedom to Read Foundation; National Coalition Against Censorship; National Council of Teachers of English; National Association of College Stores; and the PEN American Center. It is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and Project Censored.

The University Club of Albany Foundation, Inc. is presenting this event with the New York Civil Liberties Union, and one need not be a member of either organization attend. For more information, call the University Club at 518-463-1151.

Troy Banned Books Readout – Saturday, September 29, 10:00AM at Market Block Books, 290 River Street, Troy

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights 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 and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. For this event at Market Block Books (290 River Street, Troy, New York 12180), local folk, including Kathleen Carey, Thom Francis, Gary Maggio, Steve Pierce, Jill Rafferty-Weinisch and Lou Sansivero will read selections from banned or challenged books.

Sponsored by the New York Civil Liberties Union – Capital Region Chapter, The University Club Foundation, Market Block Books and the Schenectady Public Library

 

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