An interview with Sofia Angileri, vice president of the Leigh Banned Books club, who’s also one of Eleight’s staff writers.
Q: What is the Banned Books Club about?
A: It’s about reading books that some schools don’t allow their students to read.
Q: Why did you want to create the Banned Books Club?
A: Because I enjoy reading and since we’re able to read these books at our school, we should, since other people can’t read these at their school.
Q: What are some possible books that the club members might read?
A: Looking for Alaska, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, 1984, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Alchemist, The Catcher in the Rye, and more.
Q: What is your goal for this club?
A: To raise awareness about the alarming amount of books banned in the country, and inform people about the reasons behind the ban. Also for leisure.
Q: Any other details that you would like others to know about this club?
A: It’s a very casual club, it’s not expected that you finish whole books in between every meeting. If you are behind on reading, you can read the spark notes summary or just be an active listener in the discussions.
Similarly, Stephen Chbosky, the author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, stated that “Banning books give us silence when we need speech. It closes our ears when we need to listen. It makes us blind when we need sight.”
The Leigh Banned Books club holds meetings on Tuesday B-days in room 35 and is currently reading Looking for Alaska.