Banned Comic Books: a panel discussion with Jerry Craft, Molly Carney (ACLU-MO), Phoebe Gloeckner, & Rebecca Wanzo

Thursday, September 22, 2022 - 6:30pm
Thursday, September 22, 6:30pm CT
In person at ST. LOUIS PUBLIC LIBRARY - CENTRAL LIBRARY
AUDITORIUM
1301 OLIVE ST., ST. LOUIS, 63103
Masks recommended for in person attendance
 
Left Bank Books, St. Louis Public Library, and the Center for the Humanities and Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Washington University in St. Louis
present
Banned Comic Books: a panel discussion
with Jerry Craft, Phoebe Gloeckner, & Molly Carney
moderated by Rebecca Wanzo
at the Central Branch of the St Louis Public Library on September 22nd at 6:30pm!
This event considers banned comic books from the perspectives of the artists who create them and the advocates who defend them.
Order a copies of books by Jerry Craft, Phoebe Gloeckner or Rebecca Wanzo
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
 

Who’s afraid of comic books? Book bans across Missouri and the U.S. have often targeted graphic novels and comic books, especially those that depict issues of gender, sexuality and race. New Missouri laws will punish educators and school librarians who provide restricted materials to students with fines and jail time. This event considers banned comic books from the perspectives of the artists who create them and the advocates who defend them. Panel lineup includes:

  • Jerry CraftNew York Times bestselling author and illustrator of the graphic novels New Kid and Class Act. New Kid is the only book in history to win the John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature (2020), the Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature (2019), and the Coretta Scott King Author Award for the most outstanding work by an African American writer (2020). 
  • Molly Carney, ACLU MO. Carney joined the ACLU of Missouri as a Staff Attorney in 2020. As a member of the legal team, she engages in all aspects of strategic litigation efforts to protect civil rights and liberties, including her current work on litigation and advocacy against book bans across Missouri.
  • Phoebe Gloeckner, graphic novelist. Gloeckner’s book The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2002) was praised as “one of the most brutally honest, shocking, tender, beautiful portrayals of growing up female in America.”

Discussion moderated by Rebecca Wanzo, professor and chair of the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Washington University. Wanzo is author of The Content of Our Caricature: African American Comic Art and Political Belongingwinner of the 2021 Eisner Award for Best Academic/Scholarly Work and the 2021 Charles Hatfield Book Prize from the Comics Studies Society.

Organized by Left Bank Books, St. Louis Public Library, and the Center for the Humanities and Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.

Arrangements for the appearance of Jerry Craft made through HarperCollins Speakers Bureau, NY, NY.

 

 

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Event address: 
St Louis Public Library - Central Branch
1301 Olive St
Saint Louis, MO 63103
Books: 
New Kid By Jerry Craft, Jerry Craft (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jerry Craft, Jerry Craft (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062691194
Availability: On Our Shelves (Note - We update this inventory once per day.)
Published: Quill Tree Books - February 5th, 2019

Class Act By Jerry Craft, Jerry Craft (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jerry Craft, Jerry Craft (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062885500
Availability: On Our Shelves (Note - We update this inventory once per day.)
Published: Quill Tree Books - October 6th, 2020

New Kid and Class Act: The Box Set By Jerry Craft, Jerry Craft (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jerry Craft, Jerry Craft (Illustrator)
$25.98
ISBN: 9780063117570
Availability: Ships quickly (1-7 days)
Published: Quill Tree Books - June 1st, 2021

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School Trip By Jerry Craft, Jerry Craft (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jerry Craft, Jerry Craft (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9780062885531
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Quill Tree Books - April 4th, 2023

The Diary of  a Teenage Girl, Revised Edition: An Account in Words and Pictures By Phoebe Gloeckner Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781623170349
Availability: On Our Shelves (Note - We update this inventory once per day.)
Published: North Atlantic Books - July 21st, 2015

The Content of Our Caricature: African American Comic Art and Political Belonging (Postmillennial Pop #25) By Rebecca Wanzo Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9781479889587
Availability: On Our Shelves (Note - We update this inventory once per day.)
Published: New York University Press - April 21st, 2020

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