It’s almost that time again, when the freedom to read is celebrated, and when the Banned Books Week people highlight frequently-challenged books (mostly in the United States, not so much here in New Zealand). The list includes some interesting repeat-offenders, including a couple of old-timers:
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee. First published in 1960 and first challenged in 1966, To Kill a Mockingbird has got staying power, and was number 10 on the list in 2011. Not bad for a 51 year old.
Brave New World, Aldous Huxley. This was first published in 1931, and first banned in Ireland in 1932. Like To Kill a Mockingbird, it’s on the 2011 list (number 7), and is also regarded as a 20th Century classic.
Even classic novels court controversy!
Next Friday, the 27th of July, is reasonably momentous. Not only is it the first day of the New Zealand International Film Festival, and the opening of the London Olympics (Saturday morning New Zealand time), it is also National Poetry Day. Carry a poem in your pocket on National Poetry Day!
The library booksale is on now! There are some interesting bits and pieces to be found in the sale, like I spotted:
Lots of Tamora Pierce, several Gossip Girls, John Marsden (various Tomorrow When the War Began), Princess Diaries, some Travelling Pants, and even a stray Eldest (by Christopher Paolini).
In other words: come to the Central Library and have a look at the booksale! All YA books are $1.00 each, and you might find something really excellent.
Why is there a booksale? It’s a question of space: we get new stuff on a daily basis, and have finite-sized buildings. So twice a year we sell library items that we’ve got too many copies of, or have been sitting on the shelf for a while, or have been replaced with shiny new titles. It’s the circle of library life.
This Friday the 18th of May is Pink Shirt Day.
What is Pink Shirt Day? “Pink Shirt Day is a national campaign aimed to raise awareness about the power to prevent bullying. Pink Shirt Day aims to reduce bullying by celebrating diversity and promoting the development of positive social relationships. An annual event celebrated throughout New Zealand and the world, Pink Shirt Day aims to create a New Zealand where all people feel safe, valued and respected.” (website)
The writer of the enormously popular Inheritance books is going to be in town on Thursday June the 28th!
Tickets for the event will cost $5.00 (bargain!) and will be sold through the Children’s Bookshop in Kilbirnie, but you can register your interest now if you’re keen: just email them – you can find their contact details and more information on their website right here.
Also, if you haven’t yet read Inheritance (the final book in the series) and you’ve been waiting for the reserve queue at the library to calm down, now’s your chance!
Mr Paolini is also tweeting about his book touring adventures, and other interesting stuff.
You, your mates and zombies, Glee, prizes, gloating rights, free food, brains! Wait, what…?
Okay, there might not be brains, but eveything else will be there. Pull a team of Glee and Zombie experts together and get ready for the Zombies Vs. Gleeks Trivia Night.
Open for teams of 13 to 18 year olds (min 2 - max 4), the Zombies Vs. Gleeks Teen Trivia Night will be at the Wellington Central Library on 27th May at 6.30pm. Registrations open soon and places will be limited so get your team ready to go and start planning your costumes.
Cassandra Clare, author of the bestselling Mortal Instruments series, will be visiting New Zealand next week, including a whirlwind stop for a booksigning at the Children’s Bookshop in Kilbirnie on Tuesday the 10th of May. If you’re interested in attending, email the Children’s Bookshop: more information, including times and email address, is here.
On Thursday the 3rd of February you can see the European Masters exhibition at Te Papa for free: all you need to do is confirm you’re a Wellington resident (your Wellington City Libraries library card will do for this), oh and also be prepared for a queue (especially if you’re going after school)!
See paintings by Picasso, Munch, Renoir and many more: for more information on the exhibition visit the Te Papa site here.