4th Annual Banned Books Week Party
Housing Works’ Bookstore Café (126 Crosby St., Manhattan)
Mike Edison (of High Times magazine, Screw, Hustler, Penthouse, and author of I Have Fun Everywhere I Go) hosts his Fourth Annual Banned Books Party celebrating Banned Books Week and illuminating America’s sordid past of banning and challenging great books. Guests this year include Richard Nash (creator of Cursor, publisher at Red Lemonade, Utne Reader‘s one of Fifty Visionaries Changing Your World, Mashable.com #1 Twitter User Changing the Shape of Publishing) and Melissa Petro (a New School MFA, freelance writer, and former sex worker who worked three years as a public school teacher in the South Bronx), who will talk about censorship in our daily lives. Comedy writer Todd Hanson (The Onion), author Rachel Shukert (Everything Here Is Going to Be Great), and author and bookseller Alex Dawson (Raconteur Books) will read their favorite banned books with a live soundtrack provided by the Interstellar Rendezvous All-Star Band. All this plus another round of the legendary “Name That Banned Book” contest — come on down for some state-sponsored fear and fabulous prizes!