Bill Carpenter, director of the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston Salem, is a lifetime reader and student of language.
One of Carpenter’s favorite books where language plays a key role is a graphic novel entitled “Maus.” The novel is centered on the Holocaust and has recently been banned in a county in Tennessee.
The recent partisan uproar over banning certain books from schools has Carpenter concerned. In a recent Spectrum News interview, he shared that he thinks, “It’s important to understand what it is about these books that might make other people super upset or, a better way of putting that, might be uncomfortable or uneasy.”
In order to foster community conversation about banned books, SECCA has started a program called Banned Book Summer. Once a month this summer, it’ll hold a discussion about a different banned book to talk about its themes and how it relates to our current social and political climate.