2013 Banned Books Exhibit

2013 Banned Books Month

The 2013 Banned Books Exhibit is on display September 25 - October 25, 2013 on the first floor of Library North, near the Library Atrium.

About the Curators

Librarians Jie Tian, Colleen Greene, and Stephanie George serve on the Library Relations Committee. Trish Campbell is the Library Exhibits Program Coordinator, and Raziel Gamboa is her Exhibits Program Graduate Student Assistant.

About Banned Books

This library-curated exhibit is part of Pollak Library's 2013 Banned Books Month activities , an expansion of the national Banned Books Week campaign. Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read, to access information, and to express ideas. It is co-sponsored by the American Library Association, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the PEN American Center, and other entities in the publishing and book community. More information about this national event is available at  http://www.bannedbooksweek.org .

About the Exhibit

The exhibit features reprints of the original manuscripts for the classic Ray Bradbury novel Fahrenheit 451 , first published in 1953. Pollak Library's University Archives & Special Collections obtained these manuscripts directly from Bradbury, who was close friends with Dr. Willis E. McNelly -- a former Cal State Fullerton Professor of English and Comparative Literature. Fahrenheit 451 is listed by the Banned Books Week campaign as one of the banned books that shaped America.

Four signed Bradbury works on loan from the Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives, Leatherby Libraries, Chapman University are also on display:  a 2001 print of Fahrenheit 451, Christus Apollo: cantata celebrating the eighth day of Creation and the promise of the ninth (1998), Long after ecclesiastes: new Biblical texts (1985), and Ray Bradbury's The stars (1993).

The exhibit includes seven bookcases filled with books from the Pollak Library collection that appear on one or more of the American Library Association's lists of banned or challenged books. These books are available for Pollak Library patrons to borrow and read.

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