Who knew that talking about book censorship with university students (and assorted others) would be so much fun?
The room at St. Jerome’s in Waterloo was packed last night – a great start – and people responded with great laughter and affection to readings from a few of my books that have been deemed by some as ‘required reading’ and some as ‘inappropriate’ for their intended readership (101 Ways to Dance, Becoming Ruby, and yes, even The Bare Naked Book). They also responded with thoughtful and thought-provoking questions. And of course it was heartening to see all the books that Words Worth Books had brought to the event going home with future teachers, librarians, and family support workers.
Topping off the evening was a lovely, relaxed meal with two of my writer-friends from Waterloo, including Nan Forler whose first book, Bird Child, will be published this fall.
Freedom to Read Week is coming up soon. Find out about censorship issues, challenges to books in Canada, and events being planned in your community at the Freedom to Read website.