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Banned Book Club

Banned Book Club meets the third Tuesday of every month, alternately in-person and virtual. We exclusively read books that have been banned or challenged, usually at schools or school libraries. Each month, the selected book is available for purchase at King's Books. To see what we're reading this month, go to the main Events page. To see a list of the most frequently challenged books, click here. If you're on Facebook, like our Page.  If you have questions, please email David for more information.       


Previous Reads:

August 2024: Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe

July 2024: Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa

June 2024: Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin

May 2024: When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka

April 2024: Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

March 2024: The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta

February 2024: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

January 2024: The Hero Two Doors Down by Sharon Robinson

December 2023: Hiroshima by John Hersey

November 2023: The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

October 2023: I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

September 2023: How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue

August 2023: Snapdragon by Kat Leyh

July 2023: Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins

June 2023: Maurice by E.M. Forster

May 2023: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

April 2023: White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig

March 2023: Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes

February 2023: Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Tatum

January 2023: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

December 2022: Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth by E.L. Konigsburg

November 2022: We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

October 2022: Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez

September 2022: If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

August 2022: Neil Gaiman's Snow, Glass, Apples by Neil Gaiman & Colleen Doran

July 2022: Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison

June 2022: Dream of Ding Village by Yan Lianke

May 2022: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

April 2022: Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

March 2022: The Call of the Wild by Jack London

February 2022: The Color Purple by Alice Walker

January 2022: Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

December 2021: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

November 2021: My Fathers' Daughter by Hannah Pool

October 2021: All American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely

September 2021: Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina Garcia

August 2021: Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass by Shannon Watters & Polterink

July 2021: Regeneration by Pat Barker

June 2021: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

May 2021: Junky by William S Burroughs

April 2021: Snow by Orhan Pamuk

March 2021: The Country Girls by Edna O'Brien

February 2021: The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor

January 2021: The Blind Owl by Sadegh Hedayat

December 2020: George by Alex Gino

November 2020: Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko

October 2020: Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

September 2020: The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

August 2020: The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Revised Edition by Phoebe Gloeckner

July 2020: The Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

June 2020: Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden

May 2020: Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

April 2020: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

March 2020: The Ginger Man by J.P. Donleavy

February 2020: Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

January 2020: The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

December 2019: Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. by Judy Blume

November 2019: Bloods by Wallace Terry

October 2019: Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

September 2019: Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene

August 2019: Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

June 2019: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

May 2019: The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie

April 2019: Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

March 2019: Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller

February 2019: Sula by Toni Morrison

January 2019: Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

December 2018: The Land by Mildred D Taylor

November 2018: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

October 2018: Death and the Maiden by Ariel Dorfman

September 2018: How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez

August 2018: The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

July 2018: This One Summer by Jullian Tamaki & Mariko Tamaki

June 2018: Lady Chatterley's Lover by DH Lawrence

May 2018: Beyond Magenta by Susan Kuklin

April 2018: Grendel by John Gardner

March 2018: The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak

February 2018: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

January 2018: Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg

December 2017: Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George

November 2017: City of Thieves by David Benioff

October 2017: Drama by Raina Telgemeier

September 2017: Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

August 2017: Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh

July 2017: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

June 2017: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

May 2017: The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

April 2017: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

March 2017: The Giver by Lois Lowry

February 2017: The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X

January 2017: So Far From God by Ana Castillo

December 2016: Watership Down by Richard Adams

November 2016: The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

October 2016: Jaws by Peter Benchley

September 2016: Candide by Voltaire

August 2016: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi

July 2016: Foxfire by Joyce Carol Oates

June 2016: A Thousand Pieces of Gold by Adeline Yen Mah

May 2016: I, Claudius by Robert Graves

April 2016: The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie

March 2016: The Day They Came to Arrest the Book by Nat Hentoff

February 2016: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

January 2016: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

December 2015: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

November 2015: Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

October 2015: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

September 2015: I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

August 2015: Animal Farm by George Orwell

July 2015: Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

June 2015: Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

May 2015: The Painted Drum by Louise Erdrich

April 2015: Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut

March 2015: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

February 2015: Hoops by Walter Dean Myers

January 2015: Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

December 2014: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

November 2014: Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

October 2014: The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

September 2014: Lysistrata by Aristophanes

August 2014: Maus I: A Survivor's Tale by Art Spiegelman

July 2014: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

June 2014: Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

May 2014: To the Wedding by John Berger

April 2014: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

March 2014: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

February 2014: Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

January 2014: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

December 2013: Beloved by Toni Morrison

November 2013: Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

October 2013: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

September 2013: Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

August 2013: A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

July 2013: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

June 2013: The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

May 2013: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

April 2013: Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson

March 2013: Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

February 2013: Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin

January 2013: On the Bright Side, I'm Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God by Louise Rennison

December 2012: The Fighting Ground by Avi

November 2012: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

October 2012: The Taqwacores by Michael Muhammad Knight

September 2012: Montana 1948 by Larry Watson

August 2012: The Color of Earth by Dong Hwa Kim

July 2012: Dragonwings by Laurence Yep

June 2012: The Awakening by Kate Chopin

May 2012: Looking for Alaska by John Green

April 2012: The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle

March 2012: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

February 2012: Romiette and Julio by Sharon Draper

January 2012: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

December 2011: The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

November 2011: Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez

October 2011: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark collected by Alvin Schwartz

September 2011: Stuck Rubber Baby by Howard Cruse

August 2011: Crank by Ellen Hopkins

July 2011: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

June 2011: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

May 2011: Aura by Carlos Fuentes

April 2011: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

March 2011: Unwind by Neal Schusterman

February 2011: TH1RTEEN R3ASONS WHY by Jay Asher

January 2011: Jubilee by Margaret Walker

December 2010: Naked by David Sedaris

November 2010: Truth & Beauty by Ann Patchett

October 2010: The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer

September 2010: Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld

August 2010: Olive's Ocean by Kevin Henkes

July 2010: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

July 2010: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

June 2010: The Color Purple by Alice Walker

May 2010: Am I Blue? edited by Marion Dane Bauer

April 2010: In Country by Bobbie Ann Mason

March 2010: Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott

February 2010: The Bookseller of Kabul by Åsne Seierstad

January 2010: The Beet Fields by Gary Paulsen

December 2009: Bridge to Terabithia & Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson

November 2009: Give a Boy a Gun by Todd Strasser

October 2009: Luna by Julie Anne Peters

September 2009: Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause

August 2009: Push by Sapphire

July 2009: Baby Be-Bop by Francesca Lia Block

June 2009: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

May 2009: My Father's Scar by Michael Cart

April 2009: Ceremony  by Leslie Marmon Silko

March 2009: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

February 2009: Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat

January 2009: Cracking India by Bapsi Sidwha

December 2008: The Misfits by James Howe

November 2008: Abduction! by Peg Kehret

October 2008: The Learning Tree by Gordon Parks

September 2008: Fat Kid Rules the World by KL Going

August 2008: The Freedom Writers Diary by The Freedom Writers with Erin Gruwell

July 2008: Child of God by Cormac McCarthy

June 2008: Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher

May 2008: The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan

April 2008: Sandpiper by Ellen Wittlinger

March 2008: America by E.R. Frank

February 2008: The God Box by Alex Sanchez

January 2008: The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

December 2007: The Earth, My Butt & other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler

November 2007: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

October 2007: This Boy's Life by Tobias Wolff

September 2007: Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

August 2007: Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver

July 2007: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

June 2007: Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

May 2007: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

April 2007: What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones

March 2007: So Far From the Bamboo Grove by Yoko Kawashima Watkins

February 2007: Another Country by James Baldwin

January 2007: Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher

December 2006: The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest J. Gaines

November 2006:  Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya

October 2006:  James and the Giant Peach and The Witches by Roald Dahl

September 2006:  The Giver by Lois Lowry

August 2006:  Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden

July 2006:  The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

June 2006:  Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers

May 2006:  Forever by Judy Blume

April 2006:  The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

March 2006:  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

February 2006:  Geography Club by Brent Hartinger