‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ becomes topic of Banned Book Week panel

Frances Myers

A panel will be discussing the best-selling “Fifty Shades of Grey,” by E.L. James, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union.

Libraries in Minnesota and Florida have refused to put the book on their shelves, so a panel of ISU scholars will be discussing the book.

Panelists will include:

Brenda Lohman, associate professor of human development and family studies;

Dometa Brothers, assistant professor for English;

Lynn Carey, interim director of Ames Public Library.

The communications director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, Veronica Lorson Fowler, will be moderating the discussion.

The discussion is as a part of Banned Book Week, which is technically from Sept. 30 to Oct. 6 this year. 2012 marks the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week.

According to the American Library Association: “Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information.”

Books that are featured during Banned Books Week are all books that have been removed or restricted from multiple libraries across the United States, both in public libraries and in schools.

“While books have been and continue to be banned, art of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available,” according to the American Library Association.