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National Banned Book Week: Celebrating the Road to Freedom

HoCoPoLitSo Celebrates the Freedom to Read during National Banned Book Week with Michael Dirda and Jeannette Seaver

HoCoPoLitSo (Howard County Poetry and Literature Society) will celebrate the Freedom to Read when Michael Dirda and Jeannette Seaver discuss the historic role of Grove Press in overcoming American censorship laws. The event will take place on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 from 2 to 3:20 p.m., in the Monteabaro Recital Hall, the Horowitz Performing & Visual Arts Center, on the campus of Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD.  This event is free and open to the public.

Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World columnist and 1993 Pulitzer Prize winner, will talk with Jeannette Seaver, editor of The Tender Hour of Twilight, the memoir of Richard Seaver (1926-2009), whom Dirda has called “a lightning-rod literary champion.”
The Tender Hour of Twilight traces Seaver’s role as Chief Editor of Grove Press in the struggle to overcome the banning of books by such authors as D. H. Lawrence, Henry Miller, Jean Genet, and others – on obscenity grounds –pursuing the case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Notably, under Seaver, Grove  also published such controversial works as The Autobiography of Malcolm X and The Wretched of the Earth, as well as and books once banned in the U.S.; Henry Miller’s  Tropic of Cancer, D. H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover, and William Burroughs’s Naked Lunch.

A question and answer session and book signing will follow the reading.

This event is co-sponsored by Howard Community College Office of Student Life, and English/World Languages Division in conjunction with HCC’s Banned Book Week.  For more information visit http://www.hocopolitso.org, phone 443.518.4568, or email hocopolitso@yahoo.com

HoCoPoLitSo, Howard County Poetry and Literature Society, has been enlarging the audience for contemporary poetry and literature since 1974.


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