Persepolis - Marjane Satrapi's award-winning graphic novel that was removed from Chicago Public School classes earlier this year - was the theme for "The Emotive Powers of Literature: Celebrating Banned Books Through Dance," an event presented by Judith's Reading Room at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. The event, created in collaboration with Muhlenberg's Six Meters improvisational dance ensemble, focused on Persepolis and 40 other books that have been banned and challenged. There were two performances of this event.
Lockport's events included "pirate radio" broadcasts once a week in September; several art workshops where patrons created paintings, sculptures, posters, and other mixed media art to express their views on censorship and their favorite banned books; a mock trial on Thursday with caged books waiting to be defended or prosecuted; and a freedom to read book walk on Wednesday which featured people with paper chains walking for banned books. There were also various banned book movie adaptation showings.