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Banned Books Week: A Conversation with Dan Danbom of Printed Page Bookshop

September 18th through the 24th is Banned Books Week. It’s an annual celebration of the freedom to read and Bucket List Community Cafe sits down with Dan Danbom of the Printed Page Bookshop on South Broadway for our third podcast.

His store is a treasure trove of banned books, first editions and rare titles. For readers, just walking in it evokes memories. From the website:

“We’re part of a vanishing breed – the independent, used book store that’s committed to contributing to our community. What keeps us going is our love of books and the lasting relationships we form with our customers. We see ourselves as a relationship-based haven for readers and collectors to “talk book.”

The shop is a co-op of ten book sellers and one can browse for hours. We talked to Dan about his love for reading, how he finds his books and what makes them valuable. Also how he meets a dead man every now and then when he opens up the pages of a book. He is a great storyteller too, as you can imagine considering his love for stories.

As far as banned books go, the American Library Association puts out a list of the books that have been challenged the most. You might be surprised to know that the bible and some of the great classics in literature are among the titles. Here are just a few.

  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.
  • Maus by Art Spiegelman.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
  • 1984 by George Orwell.
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding.
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell.
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.
  • The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
  • The Catcher in the Rye, by JD Salinger.
  • The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck.
  • The Color Purple, by Alice Walker.
  • Ulysses, by James Joyce.
  • Beloved, by Toni Morrison.

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Vicky Collins is a freelance television producer and journalist based in Denver, Colorado with a diverse portfolio of projects that include network news, cable programming, Olympic sports, corporate and non-profit videos. Some of her most satisfying assignments have been covering disasters, working in the slums of developing countries and telling stories of people who show great courage in the face of adversity. She has been in all 50 states and on six continents and many of her television stories and photos are posted on her website at www.teletrendstv.com. To contact Vicky Collins directly email vicky@teletrendstv.com or tweet @vickycollins.

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