Censored Authors Speak - 4th of July Edition Archive

We were very proud to host an amazing conversation during "Censored Authors Speak: Fourth of July and the Freedom to Read" with our co-hosts We Need Diverse Books. The video is now available for on-demand viewing for free on our YouTube and Facebook channels. It was a powerful conversation and we invite you to join us. 

Visit EveryLibrary's YouTube page or our Facebook video archive to view the 1-hour recording for free anytime. This session on "Fourth of July and the Freedom to Read" touched on the lived experience of our author panel as they navigate bans, challenges, and threats to the stories they want to tell.

Our panel was moderated by Nawal Qarooni, an educator and writer who works in education spaces to support a holistic model of literacy instruction. Featured authors were Schuyler Bailar (he/him), the first transgender athlete to compete in any sport on an NCAA Division 1 men’s team and author of a middle-grade novel, Obie Is Man Enough; Jen Ferguson (she/her) a Michif and white author and activist writer of The Summer of Bitter and Sweet, her debut YA novel, and Border Markers, a collection of interrelated flash fiction stories; Adib Khorram, a queer Iranian-American author of DARIUS THE GREAT IS NOT OKAY and the companion novel DARIUS THE GREAT DESERVES BETTER; and Maulik Pancholy, best known for his comedic turns on television playing Jonathan on NBC’s critically acclaimed 30 Rock, who's debut novel, The Best at It, is about a gay, Indian American boy coming into his own.

Check out our online Banned Bookstore to purchase titles by our authors.

This event was co-sponsored by We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) and EveryLibrary. It is the second in a series by EveryLibrary. You can view the first Censored Authors Speak from April 2022 (National Library Week) at https://www.everylibrary.org/archive_censored_authors_speak.

Please connect with our panelists on Twitter and learn more about their writing.