Banned Books Week: September 27-October 3

Drawing of person in silhouette standing in front of book with text: "Censorship is a dead end. Find your freedom to read."

It's officially #bannedbooksweek. This year Out North and the Anchorage Public Library are teaming up to present unAUTHORized - a special September series highlighting challenged books and discussing themes of institutional racism and oppression, sexuality and identity, and revolution.

Listen to excerpts from selected books that have been challenged or banned followed panel discussions on the topics below:

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Week 1 (9/17): Institutional Racism and Oppression

Special Topics: Mat-Su Valley School Board book challenges, When and why books should be dropped from the curriculum, Landscape of censorship in Alaska


Week 2 (9/24): Sexuality and Identity

Special Topics: What does unsuited for age group mean? Representation of sexuality in popular media, Representation of gender in popular media.


Week 3 (10/1): Revolution

Special Topics: Censorship and information access in correctional institutions, Revolution in popular media, Civic engagement in Anchorage