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Banned Books Trading Cards 2013

The Lawrence Public Library, in partnership with the Lawrence Arts Center, has chosen the winning entries for its second Banned Books trading card project. One card will be released to the public each day of Banned Books Week 2013, Sept. 22 through 28. Cards will be available at both the library, 700 New Hampshire St., and the Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St. After Sept. 28, remaining cards will be sold at the library and online at Here are this year’s winning designs.

Monday's card is "Leaves of Grass," by Walt Whitman, banned in 1882 by the district attorney of Boston because the sexually charged poems violated "the Public Statutes concerning obscene literature." Whitman was also fired from two jobs for having a copy at work. ARTIST: Nicholas Ward. EXCERPT FROM ARTIST'S STATEMENT: Somewhat strange and abstracted, the character in this drawing is an amalgamated exquisite corpse of Whitman, artists Max Ernst, Marina Abramovic, Alexander Calder and past president Abraham Lincoln. I imagine these people existing through the decades as promoters of a Whitman-esque essence. They also are figures who have influenced me to a similar effect as Whitman.


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