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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 www.lawrence.lib.ks.us. Here are this year’s winning designs.

Tuesday's card is "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian," by Sherman Alexie, banned in a variety of schools since its publication in 2007 for being racist, containing vulgar language and sexually-themed jokes, and referencing masturbation. ARTIST: Leah Hoelscher. EXCERPT FROM ARTIST'S STATEMENT: This book tells the story of Junior, a high school freshman who lives on a Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to get a good education, he transfers to a high school off the reservation, where he is the only Native American — except the mascot. My illustration shows the tension between stereotypes and real people that make this book engaging and funny.

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