50 Shades of Banned Books

For Immediate Release Contact: Michelle Jeffers (415) 557-4282; mjeffers@sfpl.org September 24, 2012

50 Shades of Banned Books

San Francisco Public Library’s Annual Banned Books Event Takes on 50 Shades of Grey with Bravo TV’s Emily Morse as Moderator

San Francisco Public Library’s annual Banned Books event celebrating the Freedom to Read takes a turn for the grey (and risqué). Join Emily Morse, the San Francisco star of Bravo TV’s newest hit, Miss Advised and host of the podcast Sex with Emily to dissect and discuss The New York Times best seller and much-banned book, 50 Shades of Grey, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 6 p.m. at the San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin St. Unleash your inner goddess and join us to share your opinions about the 50 Shades phenomena at this Banned Book Club, and celebrate the freedom to read all the erotic fiction you want. In addition to her podcast hosting duties and stint on Bravo TV, Emily Morse is the author of Hot Sex: Over 200 Things You Can Try Tonight. She is a former campaign aide who worked for Sen. Barbara Boxer and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. She also directed and produced the award-winning documentary, See How They Run, which follows a notorious San Francisco mayoral race. A book sale by Readers Books will follow the event. San Francisco Public Library’s event is part of Banned by the Bay celebration. For more information visit www.bannedbythebay.org. Banned Books Week is an annual event highlighting the importance of the First Amendment and the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted banning of books across the U.S. The Fifty Shades of Grey books trilogy by E.L. James was banned this spring in libraries in three states The 2012 celebration of Banned Books Week will be held nationally from Sept. 30 through Oct. 6. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982. For more information on Banned Books Week, visit ALA.org. According to the American Library Association, there were 326 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2011, and many more go unreported. The 10 most challenged titles of 2011 were:

  1. ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle Reasons: offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

  2. The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

  3. The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins Reasons: anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence

  4. My Mom's Having A Baby! A Kid's Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

  5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie Reasons: offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

  6. Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Reasons: nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint

  7. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley Reasons: insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit

  8. What My Mother Doesn't Know, by Sonya Sones Reasons: nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit

  9. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar Reasons: drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit

  10. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee Reasons: offensive language; racism

September 24, 2012