Uncensored Voices: Celebrating Literary Freedom


Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Clark County Library Theater, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV

Time: Reception at 7PM, Program at 7:30PM

Admission: Free and open to the public. Refreshments provided.

Co-sponsored by the ACLU of Nevada, the Vegas Valley Book Festival, the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, and the Black Mountain Institute at UNLV.


You are invited to an exciting event exploring censorship and the importance of artistic freedom. Hosted by local journalist and TV host Jon Ralston, Uncensored Voices: Celebrating Literary Freedom will feature dynamic readings by local authors and community leaders of frequently challenged works.

Featured participants include:

  • Iranian author Moniro Ravanipour, reading from her novel An Angel on Earth.
  • Las Vegas author Dayvid Figler, reading from Howl, by Allen Ginsberg
  • Flo Rogers (Nevada Public Radio), reading from 1984, by George Orwell
  • Kim Russell (Smith Center for the Performing Arts), reading from The Pocketbook Game by Alice Childress
  • Georgia Neu (Anti-Defamation League), reading from Mrs. Warren's Profession by George Bernard Shaw
  • Dr. Amanda Morgan (Erotic Heritage Museum), reading from 1984 by George Orwell
  • Professor Timothy O'Grady (Black Mountain Institute Bennett Fellow) reading from Ulysses by James Joyce.
  • Local philanthropist Beverly Rogers, reading from The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • Activist Xuan Carlos Espinoza-Cuellar, reading from Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
  • Students from the Green Valley High School theater department, with monologues from The Laramie Project

The event will take place during the American Library Association’s Banned Books week, which runs from September 25-October 2nd, 2010. Programs are held across the country each year to draw attention to the many well-known and well-loved literary works that are frequently challenged or banned in communities nationwide. For example, last year in Henderson, Nevada, productions of Rent: Student Edition and The Laramie Project were challenged in court before ultimately being performed at Green Valley High School.