Press Release: Book Industry Guild of New York (BIGNY) September 2018 Event: Banned Books Week 2018: Spotlight on Book Censorship with Chris Finan
New York, NY – The Book Industry Guild of New York’s (BIGNY) September 13, 2018 “National Coalition Against Censorship Director to Discuss Book Censorship” event will be focused on book censorship and Banned Books Week. The featured speaker will be National Coalition Against Censorship executive director and author Chris Finan.
The BIGNY session will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott/Central Park, 231 West 54th Street, NYC. The speaking session will begin at 6:15 pm; a professional networking event will start at 5:15 pm.
Admission for the September 2018 BIGNY event and networking reception is $45 for BIGNY members, $75 for nonmembers.
Courtyard by Marriott/Central Park
Lower Level Meeting Space
231 West 54th Street (corner of Broadway)
New York, NY 10019
Thursday, September 13, 2018. Beer, wine, and hors d'oeuvres at 5:15 p.m., program at 6:15 p.m.
$45 for BIGNY members / $75 for nonmembers.
All major credit cards are accepted online and at the door. Cash, checks, and all major credit cards are also accepted at the door.
For more information and online ticket purchase, go to www.bigny.org.
About Chris Finan
Chris Finan is executive director of the National Coalition Against Censorship, an alliance of 56 national non-profits that defends and expands free speech rights. Finan has been involved in the fight against censorship for 35 years.
As president of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (at the time, a part of the American Booksellers Association), he lead a national campaign to protect reader privacy, challenging Kenneth Starr’s attempt to obtain Monica Lewinsky’s book records. He later joined Senator Bernie Sanders to oppose sections of the Patriot Act that give the government access to bookstore and library records.
A native of Cleveland, Chris is a graduate of Antioch College. After working as a newspaper reporter, he studied American history at Columbia University, where he received his Ph.D. in 1992.
Finan is a historian and the author of several books, including From the Palmer Raids to the Patriot Act: A History of the Fight for Free Speech in America. The book won the American Library Association’s Eli M. Oboler Award for the best work on intellectual freedom published in 2006 and 2007.
About the Book Industry Guild of New York (BIGNY)
BIGNY is a New York-based organization that serves the publishing industry and community. Since its inception in 1926, the Guild has provided professional development opportunities by hosting social and educational events, seminars, industry trips, and more. The Guild produces the annual New York Book Show, which celebrates outstanding achievements in book design and manufacturing. BIGNY also proudly organizes charitable events to promote literacy in the New York City metropolitan area.
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