Blame it on Pope Paul IV. To shield Catholics from controversial ideas, in 1557 he published the Index of Prohibited Books. Paul was succeeded by countless other censorious types right up to our time, when parties of questionable intellect tried to get the entire Harry Potter series banned. Other seditious books, such as Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, a study of moral courageousness and its price, and Lady Chatterley's Lover, a novel that explores the internal and external chasms separating two human beings attempting to love in a terminal, war-scorched age, have also been pilloried. So from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. tonight, join librarians from the St. Louis Public Library in a Banned Books Reading at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts (3716 Washington Boulevard; 314-754-1850 or www.pulitzerarts.org), where they'll read excerpts from their favorite banned or challenged titles; attendees are encouraged to bring along banned texts to share at the free event as well.
Thu., Sept. 30, 2010