Make a magnet with the cover of a banned book in anticipation of the week. Registration required at 457-5038.
Buy your weekly groceries (or stock up for the Edible Books contest) at Whole Foods in Little Rock. A portion of the day's sales go to CALS's Arkansas Literary Festival.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (PG) will be shown, and themed crafts and snacks will be available during the movie.
The Lewis Carroll classic was banned in China at one point because "animals should not use human language."
Cory Doctorow's Little Brother was challenged in Florida in 2014. Hear about some of the eerie predictions in the 2007 novel that have come true from one of the directors of the Weekend Theater's production, running through Sept. 30.
Test your knowledge about censorship and frequently-challenged books.
Attorney John Burnett and former CALS Associate Director Bettye Kerns explore some select banned books cases.
Make a magnet with the cover of a banned book in anticipation of the week.
Make a wand, a Marauders' Map, and an origami Sorting Hat.
See the Disney adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic that has been challenged and even banned at one Texas school for the use of one word.
Start with a frightening craft and then enjoy a screening of Goosebumps (PG), based on the R.L. Stine book series that faced challenges in the 90s.
Play some bingo and discover a bit more about Banned Books Week, too.
Find out how the genres differ, what surprising traits they have in common, and how to construct scenes that thrill. Instructors Jobe and Kassandra Klay tell us what's hot and what's not.
Rosalia Monroe (Café Bossa Nova & Rosalia's Family Bakery) teaches you how to make champandongo, a dish from the Latin American classic Like Water for Chocolate.
Registration required at email@example.com or 821-3060
Attend the regional premiere based on Cory Doctorow's book followed by a special talkback with the cast, co-directors, and a special guest, technology willing. CALS will give away six tickets in September.
Tickets available at weekendtheater.org
Participate in crafts and then watch the first film in the famed series. Rowling's books have been repeatedly challenged, restricted, and even burned.
This crafting hour is dedicated to J.K. Rowling's popular characters.
View the Edible Book entries and taste chocolate by Northwest Arkansas's small batch chocolate maker KYYA. Chocolate will also be for sale, with a portion of sales benefiting the Lit Fest. Bon appetit!
Finish Banned Books Week with the magical realism, sensuality, and humor of the Ariel Award-winning film adaptation of Laura Esquivel's challenged bestselling novel.
Aspiring writers, take note! The Arkansas Literary Festival's 2017 Banned Books Week writing contest is focused on Laura Esquivel's 1989 bestseller Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances and Home Remedies. Esquivel's book has sold more than four and a half million copies. The author lives in Mexico City.
The writing contest has one $300 grand prize, + a gift worth $80 from Whole Foods; one $100 honorable mention prize; and one $100 prize for under 18. Writers should submit a magical story or newly imagined folk tale, loosely based on or incorporating a specific food, drink, or home remedy. Also, include the actual recipe. Winning entries will be selected based on creativity, flow, style, and originality.
Winners will be announced on Saturday, Sept. 30, along with the winners of Tasty Reads, CALS' first Edible Books event. There will be a reception and viewing of the food entries from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Winners for both contests will be announced at 6:30 p.m. Following the announcement, there will be a free screening of the film adaptation of Like Water for Chocolate, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The movie is rated R.
Tasty Reads, CALS' first Edible Book event, is calling for book-related entries. Entries must be constructed of EDIBLE substances.
There will be six prizes awarded at the viewing party:
|Grand Prize||$300+$80 gift from Whole Foods|
|Honorable Mention under 18||$125|
|Honorable Mention Adult||$125|
|Honorable Mention Professional||$200|
Registration is FREE if registration is completed Sept. 1 to 29. Late entries may be accepted contingent on space. It is FREE to view/attend the Viewing & Chocolate Tasting on Sept. 30 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Deliver entries Saturday, Sept. 30 between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to the Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Avenue. Be sure to allow time to set up your entry.
Each Edible book will be judged on a) creativity b) skill c) visual appeal and D) tie to the designated book.
Entries will be on display without refrigeration, so entries should be made from ingredients that do not perish within the 4 hour display window.
Each category must have at least 5 entries for the Honorable Mention prize to be awarded. The Grand prize will be awarded without regard to number of entries. All entries are eligible for the Grand Prize. Contestants DO NOT HAVE TO BE PRESENT TO WIN.
Each creation should include a copy of the book used for creation, if possible.
All those who enter give CALS permission to photograph your entry for publicity purposes.
Entries will be disposed of at the end of competition unless entrant is present and chooses to retrieve an entry. Creators are welcome to share their edible treats at the end of the competition, but CALS is not responsible for the food safety of these items.
CALS is not responsible for personal items left on campus.
What better way to celebrate your freedom to read than by checking out a banned or challenged book? All the titles below are available for free from the Central Arkansas Libray System catalog.
Opportunities to learn, craft, taste, create, discuss, play, write, watch, compete, and think abound in CALS expanded Banned Books Week 2017 programming. With more than double the free programs from 2016, the week (September 24-30) ratchets up CALS freedom to read celebration by offering an Edible Books contest, a writing contest, a cooking workshop with Rosalia Monroe (CafÃ© Bossa Nova), a romance/erotica writing workshop, a trivia contest, Banned Book cover Bingo, a First Amendment discussion led by attorney John Burnett and former CALS librarian Bettye Kerns, two Little Brother play discussions, multiple films, crafting opportunities, displays in five branches, even a KYYA chocolate tasting.
Screenings include Like Water for Chocolate, James and the Giant Peach, To Kill a Mockingbird, Alice in Wonderland, Goosebumps, and two Harry Potter films, all based on banned or challenged books. The writing contest has more than $600 in cash and prizes and Tasty Reads – an Edible Books contest features more than $1,000 in cash and prizes. Six tickets to the Weekend Theater's production of Little Brother will also be given away.
All CALS Banned Books Week events are free and open to the public. The Weekend Theater production has an admission price.