CALS Banned Books Week

September 18 – 24, 2022

Join us for our 12th annual Banned Books Week at CALS, as we celebrate the battle against censorship! This year’s event focuses on Melissa by Alex Gino. The book, formerly published as George, topped the list of the most challenged books in 2018, 2019, and 2020, according to the American Library Association. It is a tender story about self-acceptance and friendship weaving in E. B. White’s classic, Charlotte’s Web.

Banned Books Week is the annual celebration of the freedom to read. The event is sponsored by a coalition of organizations dedicated to free expression, including American Booksellers for Free Expression, American Library Association, American Society of Journalists and Authors, Amnesty International USA, Association of University Presses, Authors Guild, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE), Freedom to Read Foundation, Index on Censorship, National Book Foundation, National Coalition Against Censorship, National Council of Teachers of English, PEN America, People For the American Way Foundation, PFLAG, and Project Censored. It is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Banned Books Week also receives generous support from HarperCollins Publishers and Penguin Random House.

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9th Annual Banned Books Writing Contest

Construct a short narrative that illustrates true, supportive friendship, where one character is daring to achieve something despite a very large obstacle. The story should feature or mention at least three characters. Please do not indicate or specify how the story illustrates friendship, it should be evident. This should be one episode of what could possibly be a larger story.

Entries will be judged on flow, originality, and strength of character/character voice. Humor is appreciated.
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Crazy Free Books

50 free copies of Melissa and 50 free copies of Charlotte’s Web will be available. You can request one title or both. If interested, send an email SixBridgesBookFest@CALS.org with Crazy Free Books in the subject line. Include your name and your shipping address. These are on a first come,

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Creating Gender Euphoria: Self-Portraiture As An Act of Self-Love

Envision your true self, discover your own gender euphoria, and create the masterpiece that is you! This self-portrait workshop centers trans experiences and joy, however artists of all genders, sexualities, and skill levels are welcome. Supplies are provided, but limited.

This event will take place on level 5 of the Main Library. Email Jet at jbutler@cals.org to sign up.

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A Conversation with Author Alex Gino, Melissa

Alex Gino is the author on many books, including the often challenged book, Melissa, formerly published as George. Don’t miss a rare opportunity to hear from the author. Gino will be in conversation with Dr. Luann Racher, an area champion of trans health, from UAMS. Gino will discuss their book,

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Transhood (Film Screening)

Moving and thought-provoking, this documentary follows four young people and their families as they navigate growing up transgender in America’s heartland. Over the course of five years, the film explores how they struggle through parenting, and how the kids are challenged and transformed as they experience the complexity of their identities and redefine “coming of age.”

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Charlotte’s Web (Film Screening)

Miracles do happen! E. B. White’s timeless children’s story comes to life in this colorful animated musical. The film features the voices of Debbie Reynolds (Charlotte) and Paul Lynde (Templeton), among others.

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Censorship By The Numbers