“Burn This Book: Pen Writers Speak Out On the Power of the Word”
Edited by Toni Morrison (2009)This international collection of essays range from writers around the world, from Morrison and John Updike to Orhan Pamuk and Nadine Gordimer, converge converging in an urgent, rally cry against censorship and the power of books.
“Obscene in the Extreme: The Burning and Banning of John Steinbeck’s ‘The Grapes of Wrath’???” By Rick Wartzman (2008) The tragic tale of the Joad family’s hapless westward journey may have been fiction, but nonetheless it inspired fierce opponents in Kern County, Calif., who campaigned to ban and burn it.
By Ray Bradbury (1953)What may have begun as a story of how a world in which reading and critical thought are diminished, this Cold War novel has become a classic about book burning and the suppression of ideas.
Bonus event: Banned Books Week Read-out at Bughouse SquareWalton and Dearborn. Saturday, Sept. 26, noon to 3 p.m. Chris Crutcher hosts readings and performances to celebrate the freedom to read. Sponsored by the McCormick Freedom Museum and American Library Association. the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom and the Newberry Library.
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