Buy a book: Support freedom of expression, right to read

September 23, 2009 | Events, UToday
By Vicki L. Kroll

UT’s Banned Books Week Vigil will take place Thursday, Oct. 1, on the second floor of Sullivan Hall on Main Campus.

banned-books-spinesTo start a new chapter for the 12th anniversary of the daylong event, faculty, staff and students can show their support for the right to read by purchasing books from the American Library Association’s most banned list; those books will be given out as door prizes throughout the vigil.

“For $10 or less, you could purchase a paperback and support the right to read freely, which is also the right to think freely,” said Dr. Paulette D. Kilmer, UT professor of communication. “Together, we make a difference; we form a community. Our event succeeds because many generous UT people help us.”

A list of the banned books that may be purchased for the event is available in the UT Bookstore in the Student Union on Main Campus and the Department of Communication Office, University Hall Room 4600.

Patrons’ names will be inscribed in plates in the books, acknowledging their gifts and listing them as a “Champion of Freedom of Expression.”

Those interested in purchasing a book should contact Colleen Strayer, general manager at the UT Bookstore, at 419.530.2516 or at Specific books from the list may be purchased; cash donations also will be accepted and works purchased accordingly.

Friday, Sept. 25, is the deadline to buy books.

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