Sat Sep 24, 6:00 PM - Sat Sep 24, 8:00 PM
4240 Cass Ave UNIT 105, Detroit, MI 48201, United States, Detroit, MI 48201

Community: Detroit

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Join PEN Detroit for a Banned Book Week discussion on the anti-Blackness and homophobia inherent in the book bans happening across America.

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This conversation will offer strategies on how to push back against the recent book bans, while also offering a space to celebrate black gay literature in all of its permutations.

Moderated by Amber Ogden, the PEN Detroit Chapter leader, and featuring Aaron Foley, author of Boys Come First, this conversation will reflect on the wave of censorship stifling the freedom to read, and the extraordinary power of marginalized voices.

Aaron Foley is the senior editor for the PBS NewsHour's Communities Initiative and previously served as the founding director of the Black Media Initiative at the Center for Community Media at the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. Previously, he was a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, chief storyteller for the City of Detroit, and editor of BLAC Detroit Magazine. He is also an author and veteran freelance journalist, having contributed to This American Life, The Atlantic, Columbia Journalism Review and more.

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