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Banned Books Week 2019: Banned Books Bash

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Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret— Austin, TX

In conjunction with the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week, PEN America and the Library Foundation presented a fun, nerdy reminder that books need champions and libraries feed democracy, including a thoughtful (yet indignant) variety show celebrating the freedom to read! Hosted by Evan Narcisse, writer for Marvel’s Black Panther Series.


  • An homage to Toni Morrison with Dr. Jennifer Wilks
  • Drag Queen Storytime with Ms. Anne Thrope
  • Comic Code & Teen Delinquency with Michael Conrad
  • A Toast to Rabble Rouser Molly Ivins with The Texas Observer


  • Banned songs by Ukeladies and the Tramps
  • Banned books poems by Typewriter Rodeo
  • Banned books trivia and prizes

$15 tickets included one drink and light bites. Proceeds benefited The Library Foundation, which supports the Austin Public Library through fundraising and advocacy.

PEN America Members attended at no cost by contacting Cecily Sailer at [email protected].