Resisting Censorship in Austin: A Community Reading of Banned Books

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm CT

Spider House Ballroom

2908 Fruth St, Austin, TX

The Library Foundation and PEN America invite you to come out and read excerpts from your favorite banned books in a community celebration of free expression. Hosted at The Ballroom, this event is an opportunity to gather as proponents of free speech and celebrate the diversity of voices in Austin.


Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. Learn more at!