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09/16/2013

Winthrop Literary Society Celebrates Banned Books with Sept. 24 Event

Quick Facts

 The 5th annual Banned Books reading will take place Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. in G01 Owens Hall.
 It is a free approved cultural event.

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ROCK HILL, S.C. — What do stories about child superheroes, a student who refuses to sell chocolate at outrageous prices, a young girl who develops an inferiority complex and students who hatch a heinous plot against their teacher have in common?

They’ve all been banned or challenged.

The Winthrop University Literary Society and the Department of English will celebrate these books on Sept. 24 during the fifth annual Banned Books Reading. The event is also presented by the John C. West forum and the Winthrop National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

Beginning at 7 p.m. in G01 Owens Hall, students from the literary society and NCTE will do dramatic readings from:

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
Captain Underpants by Dav Piley
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan

It is a free approved cultural event.

Banned Books Week is the national celebration of “freedom to read” and will officially take place Sept. 22-28. Many libraries and bookstores across the nation discuss censorship by creating displays and hosting events related to challenged books. The celebration began in 1982. Since then, more than 11,300 books have been challenged. Visit the Banned Books Week website for more information.

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