The MLRC Institute, an educational organization focused on the media and the First Amendment, and sister organization of the Media Law Resource Center, will be working with the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression to book speakers for bookstores during Banned Books Week. This year, Banned Books Week takes place from September 21-27.
The MLRC Institute will contact media attorneys, who will then provide speakers specializing in laws affecting free speech for participating bookstores. The program will address the topic generally, or zero in on specific issues, such as censorship in schools, and free speech in the age of the Internet.
Independents such as Last Bookstore in Los Angeles, Joseph Beth Booksellers in Cincinnati, 57th Street Books in Chicago, and Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena, Calif., have participated in the program.