Celebrate the Freedom to Read by attending this engaging Banned Books Week Lecture and Social Meetup. N.H. cartoonist Marek Bennett (www.MarekBennett.com
) presents several episodes of censorship and challenge from the long and rich history of comics around the world. We'll look into the "Comic Book Scare" of the 1950s and the "American Comics Code", the eradication of the Ancient Mayan library system, the miraculous secret life of the subversive Bayeux Tapestry and more.
At the end of the lecture, there will be refreshments and you'll have an opportunity to discuss comics with Marek.
This year, the theme of Banned Books Week focuses on graphic novels. “This year we spotlight graphic novels because, despite their serious literary merit and popularity as a genre, they are often subject to censorship,” said Judith Platt, chair, Banned Books Week National Committee and Director, Free Expression Advocacy, AAP.
Recently, the acclaimed memoir "Fun Home
", by Alison Bechdel, has been the centerpiece of a university funding controversy in South Carolina. Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi, faced an attempted ban in the Chicago Public Schools. Graphic novels continually appear on the American Library Association’s annual Top 10 list of the most frequently challenged books. ALA’s current list, released in April, includes Dav Pilkey's Captain Underpants
as #1 and Jeff Smith's series Bone