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Banned Book Club Selection: Cat’s Cradle

Available for checkout at Brown Library (in book and e-book format) and at your local public libraries.

cover of Cat's CradleThe Banned Book Club’s next selection is Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Published in 1963, Cat’s Cradle is a classic sci-fi novel, satirically taking on the subjects of religion, science, morality, and technology. Nominated for a Hugo award, the book was originally written and accepted as Vonnegut’s Master’s thesis in Anthropology at the University of Chicago

According to the American Library Association, it was banned from school libraries in Strongsville, OH, in 1972; this ban was overturned in 1976 by a U.S. District Court case, which affirmed students’ First Amendment right to receive information and the librarian’s right to disseminate it. It has also been challenged in New Hampshire. To learn more about banned books, check out the ALA’s website. You may also be interested in these sample discussion questions  about Cat’s Cradle.

The Banned Book Club will meet Tuesday, December 29th, 6pm, at Star City Coffeehouse, 3334 Brambleton Avenue in Roanoke. Send questions and suggestions to Amanda Hall or Kalyca Schultz. The club is open to faculty, staff, students, and members of the community.

For more reading suggestions, check out the American Library Association’s top ten lists of most frequently challenged books of the 21st century.

If you’re on Facebook, RSVP for this event here.

Banned Book Club Selection: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Available for checkout at Brown Library and at your local public libraries.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil coverThe Banned Book Club’s next selection is Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt.

Published in 1994, this was his first book, and it immediately became a New York Times bestseller. It is considered a “non-fiction novel,” in the tradition of Truman Capote, and was banned for the first time earlier this year at a North Dakota high school. The ban lasted four days. Read more about it here. You may also be interested in this study guide, which includes themes, criticism, quotes, and more about this book.

The Banned Book Club will meet Tuesday, December 8th, at 6pm in the library study room, top floor of Brown. For more reading suggestions, check out the American Library Association’s top ten lists of most frequently challenged books of the 21st century.

Send questions and suggestions to Amanda Hall or Kalyca Schultz. The club is open to faculty, staff, students, and members of the community.

If you’re on Facebook, RSVP for this event here.

Make a Date with a Banned Book…

Stand up for your right to read!

The God of Small Things coverThe new Banned Book Club’s first selection is The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. Ms. Roy faced an obscenity trial in her native India for this, her first novel. She also won the prestigious Man Booker Prize for Fiction. To learn more about the book and the controversy surrounding it, see her Salon.com interview. You may also be interested in this study guide, which includes themes, criticism, quotes, and more about this book.

The God of Small Things is available for checkout here in the Brown Library (call number PR9499.3.R59 G63 1997), as well as at your local public libraries. Google Books also has most, but not all, chapters available for reading online here.

The Banned Book Club will meet next Wednesday, October 21st, at 6pm in the library study room, top floor of Brown. We’ll also be picking the next book selection, so bring suggestions! Check out the American Library Association’s top ten lists of most frequently challenged books of the 21st century.

Send questions and suggestions to Amanda Hall at afh25@email.vccs.edu or Kalyca Schultz at kschultz@virginiawestern.edu. The club is open to faculty, staff, students, and members of the community.

If you’re on Facebook, RSVP for this event here.