Literary society celebrates banned books at cultural event

The Winthrop University Literary Society and the Department of English will celebrate the fifth annual Banned Books Reading next week in G01 Owens Hall.

The event on Sept. 24, next Tuesday, is also sponsored by the John C. West Forum for Politics and Policy 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.

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