Censorship remains a threat even in the United States, and statistics show that parents are the No. 1 initiator of challenges to books. The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library’s Banned Books Week of events serve to remind the public of its dangers. The Indianapolis library will remain open daily until 7 p.m. (later on film nights). All events are free and include:
Banned Books Recovered — An exhibition of local artists’ works reimagining covers of previously banned books will be offered Sunday through Sept. 28. All works will be for sale.
First Amendment Film Fest — On Monday, the Vonnegut Library will screen “Slaughterhouse-Five,” the 1972 film based on the novel; On Tuesday, “Good Night and Good Luck” with George Clooney, about censorship in the early days of TV news; and on Sept. 27, “Howl,” with James Franco as Allen Ginsberg.
Chris Finan, author and president of American Booksellers for Free Expression, on Wednesday will discuss “Corrupting Our Kids: The Attack on YA Literature.”
“Hugh’s Bedtime Stories” — local and national artists, writers and celebrities will read to local writer Hugh Vandivier from banned books nightly. Vandivier — who has interviewed Kurt Vonnegut — will be “Locked Up With Vonnegut,” living in the library for the week.
Some programs are made possible by a grant from the Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund, a part of the Freedom to Read Foundation. Call 317-652-1954 for more information.