|Arundhati Roy reads from The God of Small Things (M. Klonsky pic)|
The packed auditorium applauded loudly when Anthony Arnove of event sponsor Haymarket Books, announced that there were copies of Persepolis for sale at the book table, alongside Roy's own Field Notes on Democracy and Walking With the Comrades. Arnove drew a laugh when he offered a discount to Chicago 7th-grade students.
The mayor was tactfully nowhere in sight last night. In fact, Rahm has been conspicuously AWOL from the book-banning battle, leaving his schools boss Byrd-Bennett to defend the indefensible and take the hits, just as he did with her predecessor, J.C. Brizard.
|Student at Social Justice H.S. hold Persepolis read-in.|
If you missed Arundhati last night, you can hear her being interviewed on Democracy Now!
If you were at last night's event, you probably missed this interview on Chicago Tonight with Barbara Jones, Exec. Director of the American Library Association, Kristine Mayle from the CTU, and two brilliant, articulate Lane H.S. student protest organizers.
Stupidest headline award
It goes to the Sun-Times for this one:
Lane students try to stage library sit-in — but can’t pull it off
It should have read -- CPS tries to ban books at Lane, but can't pull it off.
Thanks Lane and SOJO students for standing tall.