What books have been banned in recent US history, you may ask? Well, there are the ones you might think of straight away, such as Lolita, but then there are books which are challenged for political or racial content, such as To Kill a Mockingbird. Or even for the sexual proclivities – as in the case of Fifty Shade Of Grey. This website in no way endorses reading Fifty Shades of Grey, but we do endorse your right to read it if you so choose – and so does the Mark Twain House. Celebrate Banned Books Week at the Twain House with Syllable Series – a totally original and completely uncensored open mic night for literary artists of fiction and non-fiction. Syllable was a beloved feature at La Paloma Sabanera Coffee House prior to its closing several months ago. Its resurgence at the Twain House is a big step towards keeping original literary conversations alive and well in Connecticut. If you’d like to submit a piece about what being banned means to you, email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’d like to just show up and enjoy some appetizers courtesy of Hot Tomatoes and Onyx Moonshine Cocktails – well, do just that! It’s a free country after all.
Wednesday, September 25th, 7-9 pm, 351 Farmington Avenue, Hartford. marktwainhouse.org