Author Jamaica Kincaid headlines Freedom to Read Foundation fundraiser

For Immediate Release
Wed, 12/26/2012

Contact:

Jonathan M. Kelley
Program Coordinator
Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF)
800-545-2433 ext.4226
jokelley@ala.org

CHICAGO - The Freedom to Read Foundation will present author Jamaica Kincaid as the featured speaker at its annual banned/challenged author event and fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013.  The event will take place from 7:30-10 p.m. at Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave. (a short walk from the Convention Center).

For tickets and more information, please visit www.ftrf.org/event/seattle2013 or call (800) 545-2433 x4226.

The suggested donation is $20. Discounted tickets are available to FTRF members, students and those with reduced income.  Seating is limited – you must have a ticket to ensure attendance.  Doors open at 7 p.m.

Kincaid is an award-winning writer originally from Antigua. Her books include "At the Bottom of the River," "Annie John," "The Autobiography of My Mother," "My Brother," and "Mr. Potter. " Her 1990 short novel "Lucy" was challenged in 1994 at a Pennsylvania high school as "most pornographic."

There will be a wine and dessert reception immediately following Kincaid's talk. She will be signing copies of "Lucy" and her forthcoming novel, "See Now Then," a limited number copies of each of which are available to attendees for an additional donation.

This event is open to the public.

"The FTRF banned/challenged author event has become a great tradition for the Freedom to Read Foundation," said FTRF Executive Director Barbara Jones.  "I'm so thrilled to include Jamaica Kincaid, whose writing is always so compelling and important, as among the authors supporting the critical work of this organization."  Featured authors in past years have included John Green, Sandra Cisneros, Chris Crutcher and Lauren Myracle.

This event is sponsored in part by Macmillan.  Proceeds benefit the Freedom to Read Foundation, a First Amendment legal defense organization affiliated with the American Library Association.