Cypress Park Library Celebrates Banned Books

More than 30 authors will on hand to celebrate the freedom to read.

The Cypress Park library will welcome more than 30 outspoken artists and authors on Tuesday, Sept. 11 to celebrate the freedom to read, as part of Banned Books Week.

The event, "An Evening of Education," is being held both to celebrate Banned Books Week and the release of the Chicano Studies anthology "Ban This!" 

From KCET: 

The book is the brainchild of the Florida-based writer and editor Santino Rivera. When Arizona began banning books on Chicano Studies last year, Rivera decided to call all the Chicano writers he knew to complete an anthology. The aptly titled "Ban This!" includes 39 contributors like Francisco X. Alarcon, Gustavo Arellano, Lalo Alcaraz, Luis Alberto Urrea, Rodolfo Acuna, Art Meza, Matt Sedillo, and Frank Mundo, along with others. Recently published by Broken Sword Publications, the blend of poetry, prose, short fiction and illustrations make for a lively cocktail of incendiary literature. 

According to KCET, the event was coordinated by Cypress Park Library staffer Art Meza. Meza was also responsible for bringing noted comic-artist Lalo Alcaraz and author Gustavo Arellano in recent months. 

An evening of education will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at the Cypress Park Library, located at 1150 Cypress Avenue. 

Art Meza September 11, 2012 at 06:33 PM
When you think of all the talent between the pages of this historic anthology, writers from across the country coming together to fight back against cultural censorship and more than half of the book's 39 participants *including the book's editor himself flying in from Florida to read their contributions in one place on one night. It's incredible. We here at the Cypress Park Library are so honored to host this amazing event.
David Fonseca (Editor) September 11, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Thanks for all that you do, Art. It must have been a real effort to pull this event together?
Art Meza September 11, 2012 at 08:32 PM
I appreciate that, David, and the feeling is mutual. It wasn't hard to pull this together to be honest with you. Gustavo Arellano had the idea to host a "Ban This!" reading here and since I already communicate with a handful of the book's contributors on Twitter I put the idea out there and they all were game. Santino then put the word out to the rest on facebook and through emails. People were confirming left and right and then he announced he'd be flying in to join us. We've been streaming our programs live for a while now and that hasn't been nearly as popular as I think it will be tonight. www.livestream.com/CypressParkLibrary
nonoise September 12, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Strange, no mention that Greater Cypress Park neighborhood council funded the event. And, the authors are getting paid.
George Magallanes September 13, 2012 at 08:14 AM
Great event! Art, thanks to you and your team for another amazing event!
Art Meza September 13, 2012 at 06:53 PM
I don't know where you get your information from, "nonoise", but I put this event together at library and I can tell you the authors who attended the event DID NOT GET PAID to be there. They were there to show support for the editor of the book and the spirit of the program itself. The Greater Cypress Park Neighborhood council DID NOT fund this event and were not asked to.
Art Meza September 13, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Thank you, George! It was great seeing you and Ed's intro to Dr. Acuna was very cool. Glad Ed was able to make it. I'll look for you at the next one. Peace.


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