CENSORED! We Read Banned Books to Celebrate the Freedom to Read on October 2

CENSORED! We Read Banned Books, an ACLU benefit, will be an evening of readings by Chicago authors from their favorite banned books, sponsored by Third Coast Review and Kill Your Darlings Live Lit. Censored will be at 7pm Monday, October 2, at the Public House Theatre.

Censored will raise money for the ACLU of Illinois and is timed to conclude the American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom’s Banned Books Week, an annual celebration to support “the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.”

In two acts, prominent local authors will read from famously banned books. Censored music will also be featured, and local booksellers, including 826CHI, Haymarket, Belt Magazine and Publishing, will host tables in the lobby. The Public House Theatre has generously donated the venue space.

Scheduled readers include Northwestern University’s Bill Savage, Juan Martinez and Ignatius Valentine Aloysius; SAIC’s Ruth Margraff; UIC’s Mary Anne Mohanraj; former DePaul professor Ada Cheng; journalists Paul Dailing and Andrew Huff, whose Gapers Block site was the precursor to Third Coast Review; ACLU of Illinois’ Director of Communications Ed Yohnka; as well as 3CR’s Editor Nancy Bishop, Lit editor Emma Terhaar and calendar editor Julian Ramirez, and the evening’s curator and emcee Karin McKie. Aloysius (on electric guitar) and Margraff (on accordion) will provide interstitial music.

Slated selections include Lolita, The Member of the Wedding, Persepolis, Tropic of Cancer, Lord of the Flies, Huck Finn and To Kill a Mockingbird.

Tickets will be pay-what-you-can at the door, with a $10 minimum suggested. You can buy tickets in advance online or by calling 773-230-4770. You can also make a donation of $10, $35 or $50.

The Public House Theatre, 3914 N. Clark St., has a full-service bar. Parking nearby on Clark Street and side streets (no Cubs game that night!). Several CTA bus lines and the Sheridan Red Line station are nearby.

The first Monday in October was chosen to coincide with the new session of the U.S. Supreme Court, the judicial line of defense for the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.“

Nancy S Bishop
Nancy S Bishop

Nancy S. Bishop is publisher and Stages editor of Third Coast Review. She’s a member of the American Theatre Critics Association and a 2014 Fellow of the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. You can read her personal writing on pop culture at nancybishopsjournal.com, and follow her on Twitter @nsbishop. She also writes about film, books, art, architecture and design.

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