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Got a box of matches? Some books you find offensive or, ahem, sexually explicit? Awesome! Let's meet at ... oh. Wait. Wrong side of the argument. One sec ...

Ah! Here we go. We're CELEBRATING banned books. Actually, we're celebrating the freedom to read. Just you, us and, well, the rest of Indy. (And book lovers across the country, actually.) To that end, pedal, walk or drive yourself to the Banned Books Festival at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library (340 N. Senate Ave.) this Friday (Sept. 26) and meet some likeminded folks looking out for well-known titles such as Slaughterhouse-Five, 1984, To Kill a Mockingbird and, yes, even Fifty Shades of Grey.

What you can expect: Libations by Bier Brewery, snacks, live music outside the library from psychedelic rock band Kilgore Trout

Unlikely to make an appearance: Bonfires; haters; non-readers; the Virginia-based, punk/screamo version of Kilgore Trout (Google at your own risk)

Banned Books Week is an annual event that's been around since 1982. - COURTESY OF THE AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
  • Courtesy of the American Library Association
  • Banned Books Week is an annual event that's been around since 1982.

The festival is family-friendly and lasts from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Kilgore Trout (named for an oft-used character in Vonnegut's works) takes the stage at 7 p.m. Bring a jacket (it's due to be in the 50s by evening) and stand up for great literature that's been removed from libraries and schools in the name of censorship. (Read: Fear, cowardice, whining.)

If you want to bone up on your book- and music-related knowledge before Friday, try the following:

Don't worry if you can't make it to this year's festival. Banned Books Week is an annual event that's been around since 1982. Fearmongers might ban our books, but they'll never take our freedom! (Wait. That's a movie ...)

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