Banned Books Week

(From Left) Mayor Mark Begich, Stellar Secondary School student, and Rebecca Sheir. Photo by Kristin Spack, KSKA.

Slaughterhouse-Five, Of Mice and Men, 1984, Naked Lunch, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Catcher in the Rye, Lord of the Flies, The Color Purple, Fahrenheit 451, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, A Light in the Attic — Have you read any of these notorious books? Can you imagine being denied the right to read or share them with others? Believe it or not, this list is just the beginning of hundreds of books that have been banned or challenged somewhere in United States. The American Library Association has declared September 29 – October 6, Banned Books Week.

Wednesday, in honor of Banned Books Week, Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich, Anchorage School District Superintendent Carol Comeau, AK‘s Rebecca Sheir and students from Stellar Secondary School gathered at Title Wave Books to read aloud from their favorite banned book and to celebrate our right to read freely.