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Exercising the First Amendment

Banned Books Event Oct. 3 Celebrates Freedom To Communicate

Oct. 2, 2012

Irena A. Praitis

Irena A. Praitis

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Irena A. Praitis, poet and professor of English and comparative literature and linguistics, will read from her new book of poetry, “Straws and Shadows,” Oct. 3 as part of Cal State Fullerton’s celebration of Banned Books Week, an annual event marking the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. The noon-2 p.m. event, held in the Salz-Pollak Room of Pollak Library, is free and open to the public.

After Praitis recites her poetry, campus and community members — Elahe Amani, Veda Atchley, William Breitbach, Vince Buck, Suellen Cox, Maureen Gebelein, Alice Gresto, Linda Ford, Joy Lambert, Consuelo Marshall, Barbara Miller, Jane Moon, Ron Pierre, Ruth Shapin, Sam Sumanth, Jie Tian and others — will read from their favorite books.

The event is being sponsored by Pollak Library; Department of English, Comparative Literature and Linguistics; CSUF Osher Lifelong Learning Institute’s Poetry Class; American Booksellers Association; American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression; American Library Association; American Society of Journalists and Authors; Association of American Publishers; National Association of College Stores; Comic Book Legal Defense Fund; National Coalition Against Censorship; National Council of Teachers of English; and PEN American Center.

For more information, send email to Michael DeMars at, Clay Gediman at, Stephanie George at, Colleen Greene at, Joy Lambert  at or Jie Tian at

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