EVENT: Banned Book Conference at Fresno State

The Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature in the Madden Library at Fresno State is conducting an exciting new conference on censorship in children's and young adult literature. "Outlawed: The Naked Truth about Censored Literature for Young People" to be held April 10 -12, 2015, will feature some of children's literature's best and brightest stars:

  • Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award and Newbery Honor winner, talks about the many challenges her books have received.
  • Lesléa Newman’s Heather Has Two Mommies set off a national firestorm of controversy in the 1990s.
  • Matt de la Peña’s book Mexican White Boy was banned in Tucson, Arizona, when the Mexican American Studies programs were suddenly terminated in 2012.
  • Margarita Engle will discuss her experiences with censorship as a Cuban-American author.
  • Michael Cart, a young adult author and a reviewer for Booklist speaks about the suppression of LGBTQ literature.
  • Leonard Marcus, a children’s literature historian, writer, and exhibition curator, will portray a larger perspective to the issue of censorship in children’s literature.
  • Joan Bertin, is the Executive Director of the National Coalition against Censorship, an organization that legally and financially supports intellectual freedom.
  • Plus 35 panel presenters from across the United States and abroad who will examine censorship in children's literature from numerous angles.

Sherman Alexie will kick off the conference with a free presentation the previous evening, April 9th at 7:30 in the Fresno State Satellite Student Union. www.shermanalexiefresnostate.com 

There will be an exclusive performance by the Fresno State Theatre Dept. of And Then Came Tango, based on the often banned and challenged picture book, And Tango Makes Three.