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Robert P. Doyle2009 recipient - Executive Director, Illinois Library Assn
Frank Zappa1994 recipient (deceased) - musician, composer, artist, iconoclast, free expression hero

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2014: Memorial service for Carolyn Forsman

Friday, January 24, Philadelphia, PA

2014: FTRF 8th Annual Author Event & Fundraiser

Sunday, January 26 Featuring Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, author of (frequently challenged) Alice series

National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia, PA

2013: Sherman Alexie at the Chicago Humanities Festival

Alexie spoke on Saturday, November 9 to a packed house about censorship, Indian reservations, racism, and a host of other issues. Co-sponsored by FTRF and the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom

2013: FTRF reception at 8th National Conference of African American Librarians 

Saturday, August 10 in Cincinnati


2013: Freedom to Read Foundation 7th Annual Banned/Challenged Author Event - Seattle, WA

Featuring Jamaica Kincaid, author of Lucy and See Now Then.  Saturday, January 26, 2013 at Town Hall Seattle.

Read Phil Morehart's review of the event for American Libraries magazine.

2012: 16th Annual McCusker Memorial Lecture


On October 24, FTRF co-sponsored this event with Dominican University's Graduate School of Library and Information Science.  The featured speaker was Chicago author Sara Paretsky; her talk was entitled "Another Turn of the Screw”.

2012: Joint Conference of Librarians of Color Reception

On September 21, FTRF hosted a Cocktail Reception in conjunction with the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color in Kansas City, MO. See photos from the event on our Facebook page!

2012: "Perks of Being a Wallflower" Advance Screening
ALA 2012 Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA.
June 25, 2012

Stephen Chbosky joined a full house at an exclusive advance screening of the much anticipated movie, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," based on his critically acclaimed banned/challenged novel. The fim features Logan Lerman, Emma Watson (Harry Potter), Ezra Miller, and Paul Rudd and was released October 5, 2012. Following the screening was a Q&A with Stephen Chbosky, who also signed copies of the book.

 

2012: Philly Meet & Greet

In conjunction with the 2012 Public Library Association conference in Philadelphia
March 15, 2012

2012: Freedom to Read Foundation 6th Annual Banned/Challenged Author Event - Dallas, TX

Featuring John Green, bestselling author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars
Sunday, January 22, 2012

  


 

2010: FTRF 5th Annual Banned/Challenged Author Event - Boston, MA
Featuring Lesléa Newman (Heather Has Two Mommies) and Michael Willhoite (Daddy’s Roommate)

January 17th, 2010

Held in conjunction with ALA’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table Midwinter Social.

 


 

2009: 40th Anniversary Gala

The Freedom to Read Foundation's 40th Anniversary Gala Celebration, held at the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago on July 12, 2009, was truly a night to remember. Here's the 40th Anniversary Gala program book.

View the video of the event, which includes a keynote address by Scott Turow, as well as the presentation of the Founder's Award by Judy Blume, the Civic Achievement Award, and the William J. Brennan, Jr. Award:

 

 

Here's a slideshow featuring some of the many photos of our attendees and honorees:


 


 
2009: FTRF 4th Annual Author Event - Denver, CO
Author Lauren Myracle was the featured speaker at the Freedom to Read Foundation's Midwinter Author Event, held January 25 at the Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver

 


 

2008: FTRF 3rd Annual Author Event - Philadelphia, PA

Audio of FTRF program with Anthony Lewis at 2008 Midwinter Meeting at the National Constitution Center. Moderated by FTRF Trustee Chris Finan, Lewis discusses his career as a journalist covering free speech issues and talks about his book, Freedom for the Thought We Hate: A Biography of the First Amedment.

 


2007: FTRF 2nd Annual Author Event - Seattle, WA

Enjoy our podcast—Chris Crutcher, Seattle Public Library, January 21, 2007—featuring teacher, family therapist, and award-winning author Chris Crutcher. Experience Crutcher at his very best as he recounts stories related to his popular novels.

 

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