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The Banned Book Club’s next selection is Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Published in 1963, Cat’s Cradle is a classic sci-fi novel, satirically taking on the subjects of religion, science, morality, and technology. Nominated for a Hugo award, the book was originally written and accepted as Vonnegut’s Master’s thesis in Anthropology at the University of Chicago.
According to the American Library Association, it was banned from school libraries in Strongsville, OH, in 1972; this ban was overturned in 1976 by a U.S. District Court case, which affirmed students’ First Amendment right to receive information and the librarian’s right to disseminate it. It has also been challenged in New Hampshire. To learn more about banned books, check out the ALA’s website. You may also be interested in these sample discussion questions about Cat’s Cradle.
The Banned Book Club will meet Tuesday, December 29th, 6pm, at Star City Coffeehouse, 3334 Brambleton Avenue in Roanoke. Send questions and suggestions to Amanda Hall or Kalyca Schultz. The club is open to faculty, staff, students, and members of the community.
For more reading suggestions, check out the American Library Association’s top ten lists of most frequently challenged books of the 21st century.
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