Reading As Resistance: Honoring Banned and Challenged Authors

Boston Area Hybrid Book Group: 5 sessions: 2 in person, 3 virtual

Book Groups


Thursday November 9, 2023 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Brighton Center, MA

Thursday December 14, 2023 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Virtual

Thursday January 11, 2024 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Virtual

Thursday February 8, 2024 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Virtual

Thursday March 21, 2024 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Brighton Center, MA


Hybrid: Virtual sessions as well as in-person


15 PDPs


Partnership educators: no cost
Non-partnership educators: $150

For all grades K-12

Our Boston-area book group this year pays honor to banned and challenged writers, U.S. and global—and to the librarians and educators who defend our freedom to read! In this series we will read brave and original works for young people and adults that illuminate our current situation.  Our discussions will ask, what makes a book threatening or controversial to a society or its institutions of power? What lights the fire of resistance in writers and their readers? With a combination of in-person and virtual meetings, this group is open to any educator in grades K-12 (space permitting). Our sessions are informal and collaborative. Resources and supporting materials will be offered for each session. 

Book Selections Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez; China Dream by Ma Jian; short fiction by Salman Rushdie; Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe, Not All Boys are Blue by George M. Johnson; and another TBD.

Registration Information

Partnership Educators:

Registration must be approved through your school district. Contact your school district’s Primary Source representative with your request.

Non-partnership Educators:

Register using the form below.


Contact Sara Clamage at

Registration is ongoing until the course is filled.


Registration is closed