Our local book festival is in full swing and today I got to listen to Chris Crutcher talk about book banning and censorship. The audience was entirely librarians and the event wasn’t open to the public though Crutcher will be appearing in local schools too.
We got to hear about the inspiration for Running Loose and Chinese Handcuffs, both based on real-life incidents. His talk was filled with humor and good vibes as well as little sympathy for people who want books censored in schools.
My favorite quote of the presentation was towards the end when he spoke about teens who are not part of the in-crowd needing the books he writes: “If you ban that book, you ban him.” Lovely stuff and a wonderful way to spend a morning.