As the author myself of a banned and challenged novel (HARD FEELINGS, Atheneum 1977), I’m happy to announce that I’ll be taking part in “An Evening Without. Giving Voice To The Silenced,” a presentation sponsored by the ACLU of Vermont during Banned Books Week. The event will be held in St. Johnsbury, Vermont on Thursday, September 26, 7:00 pm, at the Catamount Arts cafe.

The evening will bring together seven Vermont writers to read from the work of writers whose writing has been challenged, censored, or banned:

· Don Bredes
· Garret Keizer
· Reeve Lindbergh
· Howard Norman
· Bess O’Brien
· Jane Shore
· Baron Wormser

John F. Kennedy said, “If this nation is to be wise as well as strong, if we are to achieve our destiny, then we need more new ideas for more wise men reading more good books in more public libraries. These libraries should be open to all-except the censor. We must know all the facts and hear all the alternatives and listen to all the criticisms. Let us welcome controversial books and controversial authors. For the Bill of Rights is the guardian of our security as well as our liberty.”

Please come if you can.

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