Night of Silenced Voices: A Banned Books Week Celebration
Join us as we—together with the Banned Books Week Coalition and partner bookstores around the country—celebrate banned books, with a special focus on diversity. Join the Skylight staff, as well as special guests, for Banned Books Week Open Mic, take part in our Blind Date with A Banned Book sale (15% off) and keep an eye out for Skylight Books Banned Books shelftalkers highlighting some of the most regularly banned/challenged books.
The Banned Books Week Coalition is a national alliance of like minded organizations joined by a commitment to increase awareness of the annual celebration of the freedom to read. The Coalition seeks to engage various communities and inspire participation in Banned Books Week through education, advocacy, and the creation of programming about the problem of book censorship. Our Banned Books Week event on Tuesday, September 27th will be held in conjunction with other similar events hosted at partner bookstores across the country, including Housing Works Bookstore Cafe (NYC), Book Cellar (Chicago), Politics & Prose (DC), Tattered Cover Book Store (Denver), Powell's Books (PDX), and Books & Books (Miami).
Steph Cha is the author of Follow Her Home, Beware Beware, and Dead Soon Enough. She's the noir editor for the L.A. Review of Books and a regular contributor to the L.A. Times and USA Today. She lives in her native city of Los Angeles with her husband and basset hound.
Natashia Deón is the recipient of a PEN Center US Emerging Voices Fellowship and has been awarded fellowships and residencies at Yale, Bread Loaf, Dickinson House in Belgium, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. Named one of 2013’s Most Fascinating People by LA Weekly, she has a MFA from UC Riverside and is the creator of the popular LA-based reading series, Dirty Laundry Lit. A practicing lawyer, she currently teaches law at Trinity Law School. Her debut novel, Grace, was published this past June by Counterpoint Press.
Chris L. Terry’s debut novel Zero Fade (Curbside Splendor) was on the Best of 2013 lists by Kirkus Reviews, Slate Magazine, and the American Library Association. He has taught creative writing everywhere from grade schools to prisons to senior centers, and is currently working on a novel about a mixed-race punk bassist with a black imaginary friend.