Loft Literary Center hosts notable speakers for censorship awareness event

Sarah Karels, Staff Writer

At the Loft Literary Center on Sunday, September 16, several authors and guest speakers spoke about censorship to kick off “Banned Books Week,” which begins on September 30. Two notable authors were in attendance: Ellen Hopkins, number one New York Times bestselling author of “Crank,” “Burned,” and “Impulse,” and Pete Hautman, 2004 National Book Award winner for “Godless” and author of “Rash” (the novel which replaced “Speak” on the summer reading list for freshmen). Speaking to a packed audience, these authors, as well as several literary notables from across the nation, discussed a topic that is barely heard about these days—censorship. “It happens more often than you might think,” James Klise, author of the Stonewall Honor book, “Love Drugged” said. Both Ellen Hopkins and Pete Hautman’s books have been banned from schools and libraries.