Where: Sun Room, Memorial Union
Answer: This is a game pitting prominent local panelists with literary backgrounds against each other to answer questions about banned books and authors.
Question: What is the Banned Book Jeopardy game at Iowa State University on Monday?
Two teams of three people will face off in what organizers hope will be a hilarious and eye-opening evening of education.
"We're so excited about this. It's going to be so much fun," said Pat Miller, director of the Iowa State University Lectures Program.
The university typically holds readings during Banned Book Week, but associate English professor Fern Kupfer suggested an alternative this year, which led to the Jeopardy-themed event.
Kupfer will be on a team along with English professor emeritus Dale Ross and Tribune reviewer and Meredith editor Steve Sullivan. The challenging team will include Tribune Editor Dave Kraemer, Iowa Public Radio's "Talk of Iowa" producer and host Katherine Perkins and ISU Associate Provost and English professor Susan Carlson.
Team members will be able to confer on questions and, Miller hoped, engage in "witty repartee."
Barbara Mack, Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication associate professor, will be the emcee. Questions were developed by Mack, retired Ames Public Library reference librarian Janet Klaas and Molly Helmers with the ISU Lectures Program.
Banned books will be on display and available for purchase.
If all goes well, Miller said, this will become an annual event.
"It's always a shock to see what was banned," she said.
The event is sponsored by the ISU Library, Ames Public Library, ISU Book Store, ISU ACLU and Committee on Lectures.
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10 most-challenged books of 2006
* "And Tango Makes Three" by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, for homosexuality, anti-family and unsuited to age group.
* "Gossip Girls" series by Cecily Von Ziegesar for homosexuality, sexual content, drugs, unsuited to age group and offensive language.
* "Alice" series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor for sexual content and offensive language.
* "The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things" by Carolyn Mackler for sexual content, anti-family, offensive language and unsuited to age group.
* "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison for sexual content, offensive language and unsuited to age group.
* "Scary Stories" series by Alvin Schwartz for occult/Satanism, unsuited to age group, violence and insensitivity.
* "Athletic Shorts" by Chris Crutcher for homosexuality and offensive language.
* "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky for homosexuality, sexually explicit, offensive language and unsuited to age group.
* "Beloved" by Toni Morrison for offensive language, sexual content and unsuited to age group.
* "The Chocolate War" by Robert Cormier for sexual content, offensive language and violence.
Off the list this year, but on for several years past, are the "Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger, "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain.
For more information on book challenges and censorship, visit the ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom's Banned Books Web site at www.ala.org/bbooks.
- Source: American Library Association