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ACLU Banned Books Reading

Thursday, October 2, 2008  
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

The Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of the ACLU-PA, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and WYEP 91.3 FM will present the 13th annual Banned Books Reading on Thursday, October 2, 2008, at 7:00 pm in the Carnegie Library Lecture Hall in Oakland. Pittsburgh is one of many cities that will celebrate the freedom to read with special events during Banned Books Week (BBW), September 28-October 4, 2008. BBW is observed each year to remind Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted. The “Banned Books Reading” is designed to celebrate the First Amendment and educate citizens about the dangers of censorship. The event features local personalities reading from their favorite banned or challenged books; reading selections will include both modern and classic works.

This year’s talented cast has a multi-artistic bent:

The Absolute Pitts - musical comedy troupe
Helena Ruoti - celebrated local actress
Attack Theatre - modern dance company
Carolina Loyola-Garcia - multidisciplinary media artist
Sugar Daddy & the Big Boned Girls - America's favorite lounge act
Professor Emcee Square - host of WBGN-TV’s It’s Alive show

This year, the event broadens its view of artistic freedoms to include clips of about 20 banned or challenged movies. While everyone may expect to see Monty Python’s Life of Brian on such a list, many will be surprised when the Marx Brothers’ Duck Soup appears on the screen as well.

The Banned Books Reading is free and open to the general public. For more information, call the Pittsburgh office of the ACLU-PA at 412.681.7736 or email bannedbooks@aclupgh.org.
Presented by: The Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of the ACLU-PA
Sponsor: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and WYEP 91.3 FM
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Sara Werner