Banned Books Week: A calendar of events


Here's what we know thus far about Banned Books Week programming at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, 340 N. Senate Ave. All events are free and open to the public. Check for updates.

All week

Locked in with Vonnegut: Performance artist Tim Youd will live 24/7 inside of a prison of banned books at the library, retyping banned books, including Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, during his stay as part of his 100 Novels project.

READ: Our cover story for more info about Youd and his plans to burn up his "copy" of Fahrenheit 451 during closing ceremonies on Sept. 26

Tim's Bedtime Stories: Local writers and celebrities will read to Youd from banned books.

Gift shop sale: Featuring discounts on books and library memberships.

Sept. 23, 6 p.m.

Author talk with young adult author Rainbow Rowell. According to a Minneapolis Star-Tribune report, Rowell's Eleanor & Park was challenged by parents at Minnesota's Anoka High School in 2013. A panel decided that while the book does include “227 instances of coarse language and sexuality,” it was “powerful, realistic and honest, but not profane” and would remain in the school's library.

Sept. 24, 5 p.m.

Author talk with Malinda Lo on “Diversity and Censorship in Young Adult Fiction.” Lo, whose novels include Ash, Huntress and Adaptation, is the co-founder of Diversity in YA, which, according to its mission statement, celebrates “young adult books about all kinds of diversity, from race to sexual orientation to gender identity and disability.”

Sept. 26

Closing reception, including a talk by Jonathan Eller, Director of IUPUI’s Ray Bradbury Center, and a performance by the band Kilgore Trout.

READ: An interview with Eller about the Bradbury Center, Fahrenheit 451 and Banned Books Week