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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.

Wednesday's card is "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," by Stephen Chbosky, repeatedly banned due to explicit teenage sex, offensive language, suicide and homosexuality. ARTIST: Chloe Seim. EXCERPT FROM ARTIST'S STATEMENT: I wanted to represent the intimacy Charlie shares with his typewriter, along with the transparency he conveys about being a social wallflower. One of the greatest issues Charlie must grapple with in this book is his own mental stability, due to childhood trauma. I wanted to reflect this through the slightly offset nature of the composition, which instills a sort of instability or anxiety.


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