Banned Books Read-A-Thon Schedule

Wednesday, September 25

6PM-10PM: Banned Books Craft Club: Learn to make your own banned book cover and sit and knit during a reading of a crafty banned book. At the Desert Island Supply Co.

Thursday, September 26

6PM-9PM: Innuendo and the Language of Jazz with Frank “Doc” Adams, plus Songs and Stories from the Carlton Reese Memorial Unity Choir and Mamie Brown Mason. At the Desert Island Supply Co.

Friday, September 27

8PM-11PM: Live From Hammerhead Concert Series: BBR Edition with Rachel Hebert, Librarian at Emmet O’Neal Library


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Saturday, September 21

9AM-Noon: Children’s Books with Cake for Breakfast
We’ll have these titles available, and you can read whichever one you like: In the Night Kitchen, Where the Wild Things Are, Rabbit’s Wedding, And Tango Makes Three, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, The Giving Tree, The Sissy Duckling, The Adventures of Captain Underpants, Moon Man, The Mellops Go Diving for Treasure, Alice in Wonderland, Winnie-the-Pooh, Green Eggs & Ham, The Lorax and selected writings by Roald Dahl.

11AM-2PM: Cantina Food Truck

11AM-5PM: Steel City Pops

Noon-3PM: Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume

3PM-4PM: Stretch Your Body, Stretch Your Mind Yoga (bring your own mat)

3PM-7PM: HAPPY HOUR sponsored by Avondale Brewing Company and International Wines & Craft Beer

3PM-8PM: Hunger Games: Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins

5PM-10PM: Slice Pizza Food Truck

8PM-10PM: Banned Books Comedy with Ugly Baby Improv ($5, tickets available here)

10PM-Midnight: Banned Books After-Hours Party

Sunday, September 22

Midnight-2AM: Banned Books After-Hours Party

2AM-10AM: Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison (pre-recorded)

10AM-Noon: Letters from Exile
Reading list includes Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “The Line of No Return,” Virginia Woolf’s “A Room of One’s Own,” Wole Soyinka’s “The Plight of Writers in Exile,” Junot Diaz’s “The Money,” Aung San Suu Kyi’s “Freedom From Fear,” Emile Zola’s “Letter to M. Felix Faure, President of the Republic (J’Accuse),” Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” Oscar Wilde’s “De Profudus,” Plato’s “Apology,” Mahatma Gandhi’s “Statement in the Great Trial of 1922” and James Joyce’s “Ulysses.”

Noon-8PM: The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison

Monday, September 23

6PM-8PM: The Author as Outcast: Panel Discussion with William Hutchings (UAB), Keya Kraft (Samford) and Jamie Naidoo (UA). Moderated by WBHM Program Director Michael Krall. At the Desert Island Supply Co.
(Sponsored by Public Radio WBHM 90.3 FM and the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham)

Tuesday, September 24

7PM-11PM: Banned Books Trivia Night, at Parkside Cafe.