Eight integrated features of the celebration
The Kennedy Library has developed over half a dozen ways to share the celebration of Banned Books Week with our campus, local community and nation.Stephen Chbosky
Cal Poly and the Kennedy Library welcome Stephen Chbosky, author, screenwriter and director of Perks of Being a Wallflower to the Chumash Auditorium on Friday, October 5 from 4:00PM to 5:30PM as part of the library’s Banned Books Week celebration.
Stephen Chbosky is an author, screenwriter and director. His Perks of Being a Wallflower (now a major motion picture!) has been a challenged book.
Chbosky will be introduced by ASI President Katie Morrow. The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a book signing. It is co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, the English Department, Pride Center and MultiCultural Center.
Chbosky featured in podcast series
Chbosky is also featured in a podcast series created as part of Kennedy Library’s Banned Books Week celebration. The series, “I’m with the Banned” features 12 podcasts that explore the American Library Association’s Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books 2000-2009 in the United States and their themes.
Watch our Chbosky interview
Stephen Chboksy talks about The Perks of Being a Wallflower — what it was like to write the book and direct the movie, audition the stars, and connect with its audience. He was interviewed by Cal Poly journalism student Victoria Billings.
He talks about The Beatles, Emma Watson, the banning of his book and more! Don’t miss his story about meeting Judy Blume.
Podcast series, “I’m with the Banned” features a conversation with Stephen Chbosky as one of a dozen programs that explores popular banned book themes. Our hosts read all 100 banned books to prepare!
Knitted and stitched work by an all-are-welcome craft group that re-interpreted banned book covers. View images on Flickr.
Exhibit on the busy second floor of the library, featuring banned and challenged book titles and more information about Banned Books Week.
Popular t-shirts designed by a student, featuring the top 100 banned and challenged books of 2000-2009 on the back and the “I’m with the Banned” retro identity on the front. Order them at Spreadshirt, prices starting from USD 14.90!
An interactive website where you can learn about which books have been banned or challenged in your community and discover how many books on the list you’ve read.
Two-minute video of Cal Poly students reflecting on their favorite banned books around campus.
With thanks to the 2012 Freedom to Read Foundation’s Judith F. Krug Fund Grant, which supports the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week. The Kennedy Library is one of eight national recipients of the grant this year.