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June FTRF News online

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Thursday, June 20, 2013

The June 2013 issue of the Freedom to Read Foundation News is in the mail - and has been posted online.  Our quarterly publication is available as a benefit to all current FTRF members, as well as to organizations who subscribe.  To access the current issue, you must be signed in as a member.  Sign-in directions are at  the top right corner of this page.  (Back issues, from 1991 to March 2013, are available to members and non-members.)

This issue has the latest information on the Chicago Public Schools' controversy over the graphic novel Persepolis, profiles of the many spring FTRF "winners" (Roll of Honor Award, Conable Scholarship, Krug Fund Banned Books Week grants, and the trustee elections), and information about FTRF's upcoming ALA Annual Conference activities (including the Member Reception with Sara Paretsky). We hope you enjoy this issue - we'd love your feedback (in the comments here, on Twitter, or shoot us an email)!

If you're not a 2013 member of the Freedom to Read Foundation, take this opportunity to become one!

Tags:  Chicago Public Schools  ConableJudith Krug Memorial Fund  FTRF news  Roll of Honor  Sara Paretsky 

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Sara Paretsky to join FTRF at Member Reception next month!

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Thursday, May 16, 2013

Famed novelist and popular Chicagoan Sara Paretsky will be a special guest of honor at the 2013 FTRF Annual Member Reception on Thursday, June 27.  The reception will be held from 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Hilton Chicago, Joliet Room, following the FTRF Board of Trustees meeting.

Paretsky is a longtime supporter of the Freedom to Read Foundation and intellectual freedom, and has been a featured speaker on the issue at a number of events - including last year's Dominican University McCusker Memorial Lecture, co-sponsored by FTRF, and ALA's 2008 Banned Books Week Read-Out. She's best known as author of the V.I. Warshawski series of detective novels.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet the recipient of the 2013 Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship (the winner will be announced in this space next week), and learn about the latest on the Foundation's cases and other activities.  If you're not a member, you can join now or at the door.

We hope those of you attending #ALA2013 or otherwise in the Chicagoland area will join us for this very special event!

Meanwhile, check out Sara's video from last year's Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out!

Tags:  Annual Conference  Banned Books Week  member reception  Sara Paretsky 

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Sara Paretsky at Dominican University (IL) next Wednesday

Posted By Jonathan Kelley, Thursday, October 18, 2012

Chicago-area folks - FTRF is cosponsoring Dominican University GSLISā€™s 16th Annual McCusker Memorial Lecture next Wednesday (Oct. 24) at their River Forest, IL campus.

The event features Chicago-area bestselling author Sara Paretsky and will feature a reception and book signing in addition to Sara's talk. All are welcome to this free event but you must register in advance. Per Dominican, there are only a handful of seats still available so if you're interested, act now!

Tags:  Dominican University  Sara Paretsky  special events 

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