Banned Books Spotlight:
American Psycho

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Banned Books Week 2018

Banned Books Week is an annual event sponsored by the American Library Association celebrating the freedom to read. The week highlights the value of free and open access to information and the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox. The week draws national attention to the harm of censorship and books targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. In a majority of cases, challenged and banned books have remained available thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

Spotlight: American Psycho

American Psycho book coverCALS’ 2018 Banned Books Week efforts primarily concentrate on banned or challenged books that have been made into films. Few books have caused more controversy since its publication than American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis. The book was due to be published by Simon & Schuster in the US, but following a media storm about its supposedly “sadistic contents” it was dropped just three months before its release. Decide for yourself by claiming one of the 20 free copies we’re giving away. Get yours by emailing litfest@cals.org.

Banned Books Week 2018 at CALS will wrap up with a screening of American Psycho on Wednesday, September 26, at the Ron Robinson Theater. The evening will include:

6 pm: Refreshments

6:15 pm: Discussion covering diagnosis of Patrick Bateman and aestheticization of violence featuring Linda Vanblaricom, a semi-retired psychotherapist, and English/Film scholar Felipe Pruneda Sentíes

6:45 pm: Special mini musical performance by Fayetteville’s Randall Shreve

7 pm: Announcement of writing contest winner followed by the film. The film is unrated.

Banned Books 2018 Writing Contest

Aspiring writers, take note! The Arkansas Literary Festival’s 2018 Banned Books Week writing contest is inspired by Bret Easton Ellis’ 1991 bestseller American Psycho.

The writing contest has one $300 grand prize and one $100 honorable mention prize; Winning entries will be selected based on creativity, flow, style, and originality.

Contest Rules

  1. Adult Arkansas residents 18 and older are eligible.
  2. Entries should either be in the form of a standalone short story, or styled as a missing chapter of American Psycho, and must be 50 to 750 words.
  3. The entry should have elements of horror, humor/social satire, and critique of American culture/consumerism.
  4. The story should be written in stream of consciousness fashion and include at least 7 brand names.
  5. One entry per person.
  6. On the first page of each submission include the author’s name, address, email, and telephone number. Please send entries to CALS Banned Books Writing Contest, 100 Rock Street, Little Rock, AR 72201.
  7. If emailing entries, please send those to LitFest@cals.org.
  8. Entries will be accepted beginning September 1. Entries must be received by September 20.
  9. All entries must be typed.
  10. The winner and honorable mention from the 2017 Banned Books writing contest are ineligible to win in 2018.

Winners will be announced on Wednesday, Sept. 26.  A brief discussion of the book and film will be held beginning at 6:30 p.m. Screening of the 2000 film adaptation of American Psycho will follow the announcement of the winners at 7 p.m.  The movie is unrated.

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The Lorax

A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.  This film based on the Dr. Seuss classic is rated PG and is presented as part of Banned Books Week.

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Make a Monster & Where the Wild Things Are

The Art Club will make monsters before screening the film adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s 1963 hit about a young boy who, yearning for escape and adventure, runs away from home and sails to an island filled with creatures that take him in as their king. The film is rated PG.

This event is presented as a part of Banned Books Week.

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The Adventures of Huck Finn

In Missouri, during the 1840s, young Huck Finn fearful of his drunkard father and yearning for adventure, leaves his foster family and joins with runaway slave Jim in a voyage down the Mississippi River toward slavery free states.

The film, based on Mark Twain’s book, is rated PG and is presented as a part of Banned Books Week.

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The Color Purple

The heart-wrenching story of a young black girl in the early 20th century who’s forced into a brutal marriage and separated from her sister. Experience the 1985 film based on Alice Walker’s classic. Participants will be entered in a drawaing for a gift card.

The film is rated PG-13 and is presented as a part of Banned Books Week.

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A Wrinkle in Time

After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him.  Watch A Wrinkle in Time in celebration of Banned Books Week and do a craft. Based on the classic Madeline L’Engle novel, this 2018 film is rated PG. Popcorn and drinks provided.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle-earth from the Dark Lord Sauron.  This first part of the film trilogy, based on the classic Lord of the Rings novels by J.R.R. Tolkien, is rated PG-13 and is presented as a part of Banned Books Week.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron’s new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard. This second part of the film trilogy, based on the classic Lord of the Rings novels by J.R.R. Tolkien, is rated PG-13 and is presented as a part of Banned Books Week.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron’s army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring. This third part of the film trilogy, based on the classic Lord of the Rings novels by J.R.R. Tolkien, is rated PG-13 and is presented as a part of Banned Books Week.

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Matilda

Chocolate cake and a craft begin at 5 p.m. with the film beginning at 6 p.m. Matilda is the story of a wonderful little girl, who happens to be a genius, and her wonderful teacher vs. the worst parents ever and the worst school principal imaginable.

The film is rated PG and is presented as part of Banned Books Week.

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Creative Censorship: Blackout Poetry with Banned Books

Using Fahrenheit 451, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone as source material, attendees make blackout poems.  This event is presented as part of Banned Books Week.

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Carrie (1976)

Carrie White, a shy, friendless teenage girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom. Rated R.

Start by attending our prom at 6:00 p.m. and stay for the movie at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are free, but reservations are requested.

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Lord of the Flies

Lost on an island, young survivors of a plane crash eventually revert to savagery despite the few rational boys’ attempts to prevent that. Watch the 1963 adaptation of the William Golding’s often challenged 1954 book some say implies “man is little more than an animal.” The film is unrated and is presented as part of Banned Books Week.

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A Wrinkle in Time

After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him.  Based on the classic Madeline L’Engle novel, this 2018 film is rated PG and is presented as part of Banned Books Week.

 

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Azka-banned!

Come celebrate Banned Books Week and the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter with a Hogwarts-themed party.

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American Psycho

CALS’ 2018 Banned Books Week efforts primarily concentrate on banned or challenged books that have been made into films. Few books have caused more controversy since its publication than American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis. The book was due to be published by Simon & Schuster in the US, but following a media storm about its supposedly “sadistic contents” it was dropped just three months before its release.

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Book Chat

This month’s book:

 

First published in 1939, Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads – driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

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