Next week is Banned Books Week, and to bring awareness to the continued banning of books in school districts across America, the Penguin Random House’s Banned Book Wagon will be at Charis Books & More in Decatur, Georgia, on Sunday, October 1. The book wagon is traveling across the South in conjunction with the Freedom to Read Foundation, PEN American, and Free Little Library and plans to give away hundreds of books that have been banned or challenged.
The Banned Book Wagon will be at Charis bookstore from 1 pm-4 pm, and author Nic Stone, author of Dear Martin, will join to sign books and have a short Q&A about the banning of books in America.
Twelve Books that will be given out on the tour to bring awareness to book banning that is occurring will include:
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Rebecca Skloot)
- Dear Martin (Nic Stone)
- How to Be an Antiracist (Ibram X. Kendi)
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey)
- I am Jazz (Jessica Herthel, Jazz Jennings, Shelagh McNicholas)
- Too Bright to See (Kyle Lukoff)
- The Magic Fish (Trung Le Nguyen)
- Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and Rainbow Flag (Rob Sanders, Steven Salerno)
- The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
- The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
- The Bluest Eye (Toni Morrison)
- Shout (Laurie Halse Anderson)
From October 1-7, the Banned Wagon will go to locations in Atlanta, Georgia, Nashville, TN, New Orleans, LA, and Houston, TX, and will partner with bookstore partners.