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Photos By Andy DelGiudice, Blinkofaneye, Words By Jenn Tisdale

The UNCENSORED Opening Night Party is always a wonderful time filled with interesting cocktails, delicious food, well-read individuals who still enjoy the smell of a good book, and me talking about how penises were once removed from statues in Rome and replaced with fig leaves. I then welcomed former Mayor Anthony Williams to the stage.

The DC Public Library’s Banned Books Week has morphed into an anti-censorship celebration, in all its forms, and the UNCENSORED Opening Party kicks it off. People gather together to celebrate the First Amendment and shed the tyrannical shackles of those who wish to keep us from the brilliant works of authors such as Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis) and Khaled Hosseini (The Kite Runner) to name a few. It’s hard to believe that in 2015 the following could be cited as reasons to ban a book: “Anti-family, homosexuality, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: ‘promotes the homosexual agenda,'” but HERE THEY ARE. The UNCENSORED Party had a certain air of freedom. People laughed a bit more, drank a bit more, ate a bit more and enjoyed life a bit more. There’s something to be said about celebrating something that goes completely against the morality police. We were all “bad kids,” Friday night, and it was a delight.

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