Banned Books Week

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read.  This year’s theme is “30 years of Liberating Literature.”  The Readers’ Services Department will be presenting two special events to commemorate Banned Books Week, September 30 – October 6, 2012:

Banned Book Discussion

Tuesday, October 2 at 3 PM

We will discuss the frequently “Banned Book”

Of Mice and Men

by John Steinbeck

“An intimate portrait of two men who cherish the slim bond between them and the dream they share in a world marred by petty tyranny, misunderstanding, jealousy, and callousness. Clinging to each other in their loneliness and alienation, George and his simple-minded friend Lenny dream, as drifters will, of a place to call their own—a couple of acres and a few pigs, chickens, and rabbits back in Hill Country where land is cheap. But after they come to work on a ranch in the fertile Salinas Valley of California, their hopes, like “the best laid schemes o’mice an’ men,” begin to go awry.” (From the Publisher)

The discussion will be led by Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers’ Services. Refreshments will be served.  No registration required.  Free event.

Banned Book to Film

Friday, October 5 at 2 PM

Showing of the 1992 version of the film Of Mice and Men starring John Malkovich and Gary Sinise.  A short discussion will follow the film.  No registration required.  Free event.

We will discuss such questions as:

How closely does the film portray Steinbeck’s original characters as they were written?

What clear differences present themselves between the book and the film?

In your opinion, does the 1992 film version accurately depict the strength of the novel and/or storyline?

For more information on Banned Books Week, visit the Banned Books Week website or connect with them on Facebook or Twitter.

Happy 30th Anniversary Banned Books Week …

Let’s Celebrate our Freedom to Read!

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

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