This fall, the DC Public Library will explore what diversity in literature means throughoutBanned Books Week, the national book community’s annual celebration of the freedom to read, express and create. With over half of all banned books authored by or containing events and issues concerning diverse communities, the DC Public Library will highlight why these books have been disproportionately singled out throughout history.
As part of Banned Books Week, UNCENSORED will feature “...And Now the World Knows,” a provocative display by local artist Adrienne Gaither that uses a collection of banned books to reflect upon the current state of global affairs. Pulling excerpts and quotes from notable banned books, Gaither has created a visual interpretation that surveys how much has changed throughout history and critiques the current status quo. The piece will be on display the entire month of September and visible from the corner of 9th and G Streets NW on the second through fourth floor of the MLK Jr. Library.
The week will culminate with UNCENSORED: The Cocktail Party – an annual fundraising event hosted by the DC Public Library Foundation on Friday, September 30 in the Great Hall of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. The evening will spotlight this year’s theme of “Diversity” with participants and partners from across the District’s many multicultural communities, and showcase many diverse books that had once been banned.
The evening will feature signature cocktails representing local bartenders’ favorite banned books, live music from local bands, a pop-up market featuring exclusive items curated by style guru and event chair Jenn Barger and many other fun activities. Other event chairs include Holly Bass, DC Brau, Derek Brown, Anna Fuhrman, Mess Hall, Svetlana Legetic, and Morgan Hungerford West. UNCENSORED: The Cocktail Party will also feature local bartenders, bands and artisans to be announced at a later date.
What: The DC Public Library’s celebration of Banned Books Week featuring displays challenging censorship and celebrating the freedom to read. Programs for adults, teens and children will be planned throughout the week.
When: Programming and events for Banned Books Week will take placeSunday, September 25 – Saturday, October 1
UNCENSORED: The Cocktail Party will take place
Friday, September 25; 7:00 - 10:00 pm
Where: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library; 901 G Street, NW; Washington, D.C.
UNCENSORED: The Cocktail Party will take place in the Great Hall