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Wake Forest celebrates freedom to read

October 5, 2006

In observance of Banned Book Week, Wake Forest University will celebrate the freedom to read by holding a banned book reading in Z. Smith Reynolds Library at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 17.  Ten-minute excerpts from five different banned books will be read. 

Ed Wilson, provost emeritus and professor emeritus of English, will read an excerpt from John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men.”  Harold Tedford, professor emeritus of theatre, will read a section of “The Gospel According to Harry Potter” by Connie Neal.  Charles Sligh, visiting instructor of English, will read selections from “Queen Mab” by Percy Bysshe Shelley, “Poems and Ballads” by Algernon Charles Swinburne and “Cain:  A Mystery”  by Lord Byron.

Banned Book Week, an American Library Association (ALA) event, has been observed during the last week of September each year since 1982.  The ALA initiated the event to celebrate the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stress the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them.

This year Banned Book Week, Sept. 23-30, mark the event’s 25th anniversary.  For more information, call (336) 758-5478.

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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