Community Leaders Celebrate Banned Books Week Through Reading

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Community Leaders Celebrate Banned Books Week Through Reading

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Community leaders gathered Tuesday night to read and hear excerpts from their favorite banned books as part of the American Library Association's Banned Books Week.

Members of the literary community gathered recently on the University of Nevada, Reno's campus to read and hear excerpts of their favorite banned books, as part of the American Library Association's Banned Book Week.

The event was moderated by local author Ellen Hopkins, who was the most challenged author in 2010 and wrote the book Crank, the fourth most challenged book in 2010. It tells the story of her own daughter's drug addiction.

"Book challeneges are fear based," said Hopkins. "People fear what is not like them, what they don't understand. The excerpts you'll hear tonight all at some time along the way made people afraid. I think that's good."

The event was hosted by the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada, the Washoe County Library System, the University Writing Center and Grassroots Books. For more on Banned Book Week, go to www.grassrootsbooks.com.

Click on the audio sample for excerpts from some of the books. It features the following readers:

Arnie Maurins, Director of the Washoe County Library System-To Kill a Mockingbird

Dave Aiazzi, Reno City Councilman-A Clockwork Orange

Christina Barr, Executive Director of Nevada Humanities- Where the Sidewalk Ends

Sue Clark, Retired Arts Administrator & Community Leader- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Pan Pantoja, Spoken Views member- The Grapes of Wrath

Vanessa Spinazola, Legislative and Advocacy Director for the ACLU of Nevada- The Color Purple