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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.

Saturday's card is "The Catcher in the Rye," by J.D. Salinger. It was banned in several U.S. schools for obscene language, sexuality, prostitution and "anti-white" sentiments. ARTIST: Barry Fitzgerald. EXCERPT FROM ARTIST'S STATEMENT: Holden Caulfield is a disenfranchised youth trying to find his place in the world. The few lasting elements of happiness from the story were both real and imagined. The cabin he would build right near the woods, not right in them, because he wanted it to be sunny as hell all the time, was a wish for the future. I wanted to depict that wish on the cover of the book, with a reference to a memory of that past happiness.


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