UNCENSORED: Banned Books Week
Banned Books Week 2017 will be held September 24 - 30, 2017
Join us for events across the city as we celebrate our theme of "Texts Against Tyranny", culminating in our UNCENSORED Underground Cocktail Party at DuPont Underground, benefiting the DC Public Library Foundation.Featured events include:
- #UncensoredDC Banned Book Scavenger Hunt throughout September
- Kickoff event: Rayceen's Reading Room
- A night with Harry Potter scholar Tolanda Henderson
- And many more!
Launched in 1982 in response to a surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries, Banned Books Week is the national book community's annual celebration of the freedom to read.
Every year, the DC Public Library joins hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country in drawing attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events.
Banned Books Week eResourcesNoveList Plus
Choose from hundreds of titles to find your next dystopian read with NoveList. Use the filters to narrow choices by audience, storyline, pace, writing style, and more!
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Is banning books really so bad? Get every side of the argument and draw your own conclusions: Book Banning
View the Banned Books Week Collection on OverDrive.
Criterion Collection on Alexander Street Press
A list of movies in the Criterion collection that have been banned by governments around the world, free to view with your library card:
- "The Great Dictator"
- "Battle of Algiers"
- "Andre Rublev"
- "I am Curious - Yellow"
- "In the Realm of the Senses"
- "The Tin Drum"
- "Ivan the Terrible, Part 1"
- "Ivan the Terrible, Part 2"
- "Three Penny Opera"
- "Battle over the Books: Censorship in American Schools"
- "Sex, Censorship, and the Silver Screen Series"
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"Howl" (full length movie – 85 minutes)
It's San Francisco in 1957, and an American masterpiece is put on trial. Howl, the film, recounts this dark moment using three interwoven threads: the tumultuous life events that led a young Allen Ginsberg to find his true voice as an artist, society's reaction (the obscenity trial), and animation that echoes the poem's surreal style. All three coalesce in hybrid that dramatizes the birth of a counterculture.
"Haze" (short film – 10 minutes)
Set in a dystopian future, two spies attempt to infiltrate a top weapons facility - only to find themselves caught in a deadly dilemma.
"Scenes from the Suburbs" (short film – 30 minutes)
A thirty-minute short film inspired by Arcade Fire's critically acclaimed album, The Suburbs, and its themes of war and coming of age in suburbia. Co-written by Arcade Fire’s Win Butler & Will Butler, this companion piece to the album follows the narrator, living in a suburban dystopia, trying to piece together fragmented memories from when he was a teenager, and his experiences with his friends as they grow apart.
"The Caravan Trilogy" (short film – 25 minutes)
An abandoned caravan hidden in a dense forest provides the unusual setting for three vivid and unpredictable character-driven short films. The Caravan Trilogy subverts expectations with its genre-bending mix of dark emotion, visceral menace and dystopian science fiction.
More Information About Banned Books Week
- ALA's Banned Books Week
- The Official Banned Books website
- Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2016
- Banned and/or Challenged Books from the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century
- The Most Frequently Challenged Authors of the 21st Century
- Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009
- DCPL's Banned Books Pinterest Page