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September 23, 2011 > Banned Books Readings

Banned Books Readings

Submitted By Art Carey

Quick! What do the books "1984" by George Orwell, "The Call of the Wild" by Jack London, "The Color Purple" by Alice Walker, and "The Satanic Verses" by Salman Rushdie have in common?

Two things. First, they are on lists of the top 100 novels of the 20th Century. Second, they've been banned or challenged.

Sept. 24-Oct. 1 is Banned Books Week, and members of the Fremont Area Writers will observe it by reading from books that have fallen afoul of censors and would-be censors. Readings will be held at an Open Mic in Union City on Thursday, Sept. 15.

Aspiring writers can listen or read their own work to a live audience from 7-9 p.m. at Paddy's Coffee House, 3900 Smith Street, at Smith and Watkins Streets. Take Alvarado Niles Road west from Interstate 880 past three traffic lights and a stop sign.

Open Mic sessions are free and open to the public every third Thursday of the month. Fremont Area Writers is the centennial branch of the California Writers Club.

To find out more, log on to or call Richard Scott at (510) 791-8639.

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