Banned Books Week

Every September Cast of Wonders celebrates Banned Books Week, an annual international event celebrating the freedom to read and raising awareness of the immense social value of free and open access to information.

2018’s theme is Libraries.

With a library you are free, not confined by temporary political climates. It is the most democratic of institutions because no one – but no one at all – can tell you what to read and when and how.” – Doris Lessing

People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned.” – Saul Bellow

A good library can give you answers to the questions you never knew you had. A good librarian can open doors to worlds you never knew existed. Send us your stories of books that need reading, of the hidden tomes that wait for just the right reader, and of characters in search of their story. Tell us about the heroism of librarians, the power of walls and shelves, of hold requests and index cards, and the truths they safeguard.

Maximum length 3000 words, standard guidelines apply as to context, format and subject matter. Submissions run May 1st through 15th.

Prior Episodes

In 2017 our stories centered on the theme Text Against Tyranny: the stories some would silence, and the power of literature, in all its forms, to enlighten humanity’s darkest hours. Episodes:

Cast of Wonders 214: The Price of Stories by Shannon Connor Winward, narrated by Katherine Inskip

Cast of Wonders 215: Problematic by Brian Lawrence Hurrel, narrated by Tatiana Grey

Cast of Wonders 216: This Story Begins With You by Rachael K. Jones, narrated by Jen. R. Albert

The following episodes are examples of the type of stories we have run for prior Banned Books Week events:

Cast of Wonders 138: Things We Leave Behind by Alex Shvartsman (narrated by author)

Cast of Wonders 31: Inksucker by Aidan Doyle, narrated by Dani Daly

Cast of Wonders 68: Mercurial Skin by Raechel Henderson, narrated by Marguerite Kenner

Cast of wonders 83: The Dictionary’s Apprentice by Sandra M. Odell, narrated by Graeme Dunlop

Cast of Wonders 195: The Tale of the White Tiger by Donald Jacob Uitvlugt, narrated by Tracey Yuen