▪ Delve into “Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read” at Rediscovered Book Shop, 180 N. 8th St., Downtown Boise. You’ll find discounts on books that have been banned, both historically and today, plus information on current titles being banned.
Top five most-challenged books
“Looking for Alaska,” by John Green, banned for offensive language, being sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group. It also won the American Library Association’s 2006 Printz Award as the best book written for teens.
“Fifty Shades of Grey,” by E. L. James, banned for being sexually explicit, unsuited to age group and “poorly written,” “concerns that a group of teenagers will want to try it.”
“I Am Jazz,” by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, banned for being inaccurate, themes of homosexuality, sex education, religious viewpoint and unsuited for age group.
“Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out,” by Susan Kuklin, banned for being anti-family, containing offensive language, themes of homosexuality, sex education, for its political and religious viewpoints, unsuited for age group.
“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” by Mark Haddon, banned for its offensive language, religious viewpoint, being unsuited for age group and “profanity and atheism.” (This book is now a play. It received the 2015 Tony for best play.)
▪ The second annual Boise Book Fest will bring together writers working in genres from horror to chick lit to young and new adult genres, and grown-ups. You can participate in roundtables, listen to panel discussions and readings, and learn in workshops. This year’s keynote speaker is New York Times best-selling romance writer Rachel Van Dyken.
11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. Wyndham Garden Conference Center, 3300 S. Vista Ave., Boise. $10 general (discussions and panels only starting at 1 p.m.); $25 VIP (includes workshops and keynote starting at 11 a.m.), BoiseBookFest.com.
▪ The third annual Death Rattle Writers Fest brings the Treasure Valley literati to Nampa for two days of performance poetry, flash fiction, open-mic storytelling and readings. Headliners include Seattle poet Quenton Baker, hip-hop artist Donte Player (aka Cauzndefx) and Portland-based Salvadorian writer Olivia Olivia.
Thursday, Oct. 6, through Sunday, Oct. 9, various venues in Nampa. DeathRattleWritersFest.org.