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Forbidden Fruit Celebrates the Scandalous

Magazine article Variety

Forbidden Fruit Celebrates the Scandalous

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Hollywood and LA literati are joining forces May 5 to shine a spotlight on censorship, as nonprofit PEN Center USA gears up for its Forbidden Fruit: Readings From Banned Works of Literature fundraiser.

Good eats, drinks and a silent auction kick off the party at 4:30 p.m. Helmer John Landis, Los Angeles Review of Books founder and editor Tom Lutz and NCIS: Los Angeles co-star Renee Felice Smith will read aloud from formerly taboo tomes Catch-22; Huckleberry Finn-, To KHI a Mockingbird; The Catcher in the Rye; The Color Purple and Of Mice and Men.

"Banned books have ranged from the political to the provocative, from the sexual to the surprisingly benign," says PEN Center USA board member Laura Bickford (also producer of Traffic and Arbitrage). "What they have in common is the controversy surrounding them. …

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