Join us online during Banned Books Week for a virtual discussion of “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain, with facilitator Eileen Yanoviak, on Monday, September 28th at 3:00 PM EDT.
It is claimed that “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain has been banned somewhere every year since its publication in 1885. Despite accusations of racism, stereotyping, and crude vernacular language, the novel is an important piece of anti-racist and anti-slavery literature. In this discussion, you’ll evaluate the merits of the novel through character, plot, and historical context.
Dr. Eileen Yanoviak is Director of the Carnegie Center for Art and History, a department of the Floyd County Library.
“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is available through the Floyd County Library as an e-book on Hoopla and in print. Register for this event at https://nafclibrary.libcal.com/event/7084550, and we’ll email you a link with instructions to join the Zoom meeting for this discussion.
Banned Books Week (September 27-October 3, 2020) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. It brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted for removal or restriction in libraries and schools. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.