Friday, September 26 (6:30-8:00 p.m.)
City Lit Books
2523 N. Kedzie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
free and open to the public
You are invited to attend an intergenerational banned books week performance event at City Lit Books. Beatriz Badikian-Gartler, Annabelle Forney, Caleb Kowalkowski, Henry Kowalkowski, Kathleen Larkin and Deirdre Harrison will read passages from masterpieces such as To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, The Lorax by Dr. Seuss, Beloved by Toni Morrison, Maus by Art Spiegelman, Sandman by Neil Gaiman, A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein, and Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. The readings will be accompanied by music -- KG Price (percussion), Jeff Kowalkowski (accordion, NORD), Sam Bradshaw (upright bass) and Dan Godston (trumpet, small instruments).
From the America Library Association website: “Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.”
This Banned Books Week event is part of the Ninth Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival and Chicago Artists Month. Chicago Calling is a multi-arts collaboration festival; during Chicago Calling 2014 people in Chicago work with people outside of Chicago -- both here in the U.S. and abroad. These collaborations include a range of art forms, such as music, dance, film, literature, and intermedia -- and they are prepared or improvised. Some Chicago Calling events involve live feeds between Chicago and other locations.