BANNED: Taboo Books, Bites & Libations

Join Beyond Her Book (Publisher's Weekly), 
Milwaukee Reads!, Burp! and  
Great Lakes Distillery to celebrate
Banned Books Week with a deliciously literary evening! 

September 30, 2010 
BANNED: Taboo Books, Bites & Libations

 From 5pm-9pm, Great Lakes Distillery will graciously open its doors for a fund raising event like no other, with all proceeds being donated to the local library. 

During the course of the evening, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy:
  • Free distillery tours
  • Samples of Great Lakes Amerique 1912 Absinthe (the legendary "green fairy"
  • A cash bar, which will include a variety of cocktails made with absinthe
  • Samples of delicious raw milk cheeses from the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board
  • A silent auction, featuring best-selling books and other goodies

Banned Books Week is the only national celebration of the freedom to read. It was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than a thousand books have been challenged since 1982. The challenges have occurred in every state and in hundreds of communities. Click here to see a map of book bans and challenges in the US from 2007 to 2009. People challenge books that they say are too sexual or too violent. They object to profanity and slang, and they protest against offensive portrayals of racial or religious groups--or positive portrayals of homosexuals. Their targets range from books that explore contemporary issues and controversies to classic and beloved works of American literature. (text taken from

Event Details:
September 30, 2010, 5pm-9pm
Great Lakes Distillery
616 West Virginia Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204

Tickets are $10 at the door.
Join us on Facebook or follow our Tweets: #bannedmke.

A huge thanks goes out to our sponsors for their generous donations! Contributors include:

Adele Griffin & Lisa Brown
Alison Chambers 
Benjamin Percy
Carole E. Barrowman
Dwight Allen
Isabel Sharpe
Jean Reynolds Page
Jeff & Chad Koser
Katrina Kittle
Kevin Guilfoile
Larry Watson 
Liam Callanan
Martin Hintz
Susan Firer
Valerie Laken

Yan Hair Salon

The Little Read Book 
Next Chapter Bookshop 

Aala Reed
Bangles & Bags
Beauty by Kati
Lorena Sarbu 
Magpie Jewelry and Metals Studio
Sarah B. Flanagan

Alterra Coffee 
Beans & Barley
Chili Lili's
Lakefront Brewery
Martita's Mixers 
Milwaukee Food Tours
Outpost Natural Foods
Rishi Tea
Sarah B. Flanagan
Uhle Tobacco Company
Wisconsin Cheese Mart 
Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board 

Night Out:
Skylight Opera

Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Early Light Books
Peachtree Publishers
Unbridled Books

Baskets will be donated and designed by: Larry's Market
Flower arrangements donated and designed by: Bloom

Local artist, Jeremy Lowther, custom designed a piece commemorating our book event. It's titled, Thesaurus Rex: